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Dispatcher helps Casa Grande dad save infant's life

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A 911 dispatcher gave a Casa Grande couple the advice they needed over the phone to save their 9-month-old son's life. (Source: CBS 5 News) A 911 dispatcher gave a Casa Grande couple the advice they needed over the phone to save their 9-month-old son's life. (Source: CBS 5 News)
CASA GRANDE, AZ (CBS5) -

One Casa Grande couple experienced a close call for a Casa Grande mom and dad after their infant son stopped breathing.

But a 911 dispatcher gave them the advice they needed over the phone to save his life.

Jayden Amaro is a healthy, hungry 9-month-old little boy. But he gave his parents quite a scare when he was playing with a toy last month.

"I left to go to the bathroom about a minute and a half at most, and I came back and the toy was lodged under his throat and he was suspended over it," said his father, Mario Amaro. Jayden wasn't breathing, so Amaro called 911.

"Before that I had no idea how to do CPR," Amaro said. The dispatcher, Chris Stringfellow, gave the father instructions over the phone.

Paramedics arrived within five minutes and resumed CPR, and the boy's pulse came back.

"It was pretty scary, I don't ever want to relive that again," said Jayden's mother, Tosha Reed.

"Some calls are horrible, we hate them," Stringfellow said.

The call impacted so many lives that the Southwest Ambulance paramedics who responded wanted to check in on the little guy.

"To actually have him here and happy and smiling in the arms of his mom is an overwhelming emotion," said paramedic Jon Clark.

While Amaro and his family call Stringfellow a hero, he said it's always a team effort.

"Everybody does their job, it's what we're here for," Stringfellow said.

"Thank you, because I don't know what I would've done," Amaro said.

The parents have now completed a CPR course.

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