2003-12-12 / Community

SJEH Nurse Saves Young Life In Restaurant

SJEH Nurse Saves Young Life In Restaurant


Cynthia Sheldrick, RN, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, South Shore.Cynthia Sheldrick, RN, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, South Shore.

Cynthia Sheldrick, a registered nurse at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, South Shore, saved the life of a baby while eating at a restaurant.

Fifteen-month-old Max Tiffen and his caregiver were eating at a Levittown, Long Island, fast food restaurant when Max began choking on his food and then became unconscious. Max’s babysitter, Nancy Bengyak, wrote, "Ms. Sheldrick took him from my arms . . . I simply backed off and began to pray. Max was clearly unconscious and choking, so Ms. Sheldrick performed the Heimlich maneuver on him and he was unresponsive at first. She had already notified the workers at the eatery to call 911 and she appeared to remain calm as she worked on Max. Finally he responded and after Ms. Sheldrick was able to get the obstruction out of his mouth, he began to cry; so did I."

Max’s parents, Jodi and Ira Tiffen, wrote, "We are so grateful to Ms. Sheldrick . . . your hospital is lucky to have a nurse of her caliber on your staff."


Fifteen-month-old Max Tiffen.Fifteen-month-old Max Tiffen.

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