so handy with tools, aren’t they? And just in time for Father’s Day comes a
true inspiration: a dad who used a turkey baster to save an infant’s life.
it happened: Bill Hogenson and his son were doing renovations on a home in
Ludington, Michigan when he overheard a frantic call to 9-1-1 from the house next
door. He ran over to investigate, finding two frantic babysitters and a 5-month-old Nessa Shoup.
Nessa was turning
blue—and unable to breathe. Hogenson, a former marine deputy, performed CPR on the
child, but her condition didn’t improve. Hogenson wracked his brain for other
ideas. That’s when MacGyver-level inspiration struck from an unlikely place: the
kitchen utensil drawer.
went into the drawer and found a turkey baster and used the turkey baster to
clear her nasal passage and her airway,” Hogenson recounted to KSN.com. He patted
her on the back, spun her around and saw a good sign: “She smiled at me, and I knew we were going to be in the good.”
parents, Shon Gascoigne and Robin Shoup, are thankful Hogenson was around to
save the day. As Gasciogne put it, “If it weren’t for him, we wouldn’t have this
beautiful baby here right now and we are forever grateful.” They also added
that their daughter’s epiglottis valve was not fully developed, which put her at particular risk for choking on food and saliva.
From now on, at least, they have a solution in the form of the turkey
baster. Hogenson chalks up his creativity to fatherly instincts. “Ever since then, when I see [Nessa] she gives me a smile,” he says. “It kind of gives us a bond for life.”