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Retired policeman saves the life of a two-year-old child in Malaga

The former police officer performed CPR on the little boy, which saved his life, according to the parents

JUAN CANO / ÁLVARO FRÍAS

A retired local police officer in Malaga has saved the life of a two-year-old boy who went into cardiorespiratory arrest. The parents told health workers that, had it not been for the quick actions of the former policeman, their son would have died.

The incident happened just after midnight on Saturday in the Ciudad Jardín district when the Local Police 092 control room received a call that a child had choked and was not reacting.

The parents explained, later, that their son had a seizure and that, at one point, he was out of breath and staring. They took their child into the streets pleading for help.

Several neighbours rushed to their aid. Among them was Salvador Pacheco, a retired local policeman. He found that the child didn't have a pulse and wasn't breathing, so he immediately began to perform CPR manoeuvres.

On their arrival, the health personnel found the young child was regaining consciousness and coughing and would not stop crying. The little boy was taken to Malaga's Maternal and Child Hospital to recover, and for further tests.

The mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, took to Twitter to say: «I have just congratulated Salvador Pacheco Luque, a retired local policeman who saved the life of a two-year-old boy. Salvador applied the CPR knowledge he learned in our training school.»