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CPR training saves boy's life
Aucoin Kaiser Daily Herald Staff Writer
A quick-thinking nanny -- and adequate CPR
training -- saved the life of a 10-month-old Vernon Hills boy
Wednesday morning. When R.J. Jacobson started choking on a tiny
wooden letter he had popped in his mouth, Sueanne Lineberger of
Grayslake immediately administered the Heimlich maneuver until the
baby resumed breathing. "By the time the paramedics arrived, R.J.
was smiling, and I was throwing up," the 39-year-old Lineberger said
with a laugh.
A wooden letter had fallen off a handmade picture frame and somehow
the curious little boy found it in the carpet, Lineberger said. In
just seconds, Lineberger said, R.J's face turned gray and his eyes
were bugging out. She gave him three blows to the back and chest
compressions. She pulled out the letter with tweezers. When
Countryside Fire Department paramedics arrived close to 9 a.m.,
Lineberger had dislodged the object, and R.J. was breathing
normally. "She did everything right," said Countryside Fire Capt.
Chris Kazian said. "They did a great job of teaching her at the
Grayslake Fire Department."
Lineberger, who recently became a nanny after a longtime career as a
family psychologist, took the three-hour CPR class in Grayslake
eight months ago. "I've been certified since I was 20, and this is
the first time I've ever used it," Lineberger said. "I'm just
ecstatic that it came to me."
For several years, the Grayslake Fire Department has offered CPR
training in conjunction with the Grayslake Community Park District.
"We always have a good turnout," Captain Peter Nowak said. "Many new
parents and child-care providers attend." In his 12 years with the
department, Nowak said the choking incident marks the first direct
link he's seen between the training and a real-life emergency. "I'm
very pleased that someone who received our training was able to use
it," Nowak said.
Being certified in CPR was an "absolute requirement" R.J.'s mother,
Kathie Jacobson, said she had for anyone hired to care for her son.
"The parents deserve a lot of credit," Lineberger said. "They really
checked me out, checked my background thoroughly. It's terrible to
think someone could have a lost a child because of what the sitter
didn't know." Jacobson took R.J. to the pediatrician later Wednesday
just to verify that he was all right. "He's no worse for the wear,"
she said, while feeding him lunch. "I think it was harder on me and