Student nurse saves two-year-old from choking on sweet

Caiden McCaughey
Caiden McCaughey

A student nurse who saved a little boy from choking on a chocolate sweet says everyone should learn basic first-aid.

Becky Topping (20) was out having frozen yoghurt with a friend when she noticed the toddler in difficulty.

“We were only sat about two tables away. I could see his mother looking flustered and saying ‘No, no, no’.

"His face was purple, so I just took him off her and slapped his back,” she said.

Caiden McCaughey (2) had swallowed the chocolate sweet whole but, thanks to Becky’s quick-thinking, he threw it up.

Becky, who is a final-year nursing student at Queens University Belfast, says she is just glad she knew what to do.

Becky Topping

 “All I want out of this is for people to be aware of how important basic first aid skills are, which can be easily available through YouTube. It doesn't have to be through a course, just so they know what to do,” she told

Natasha McCaughey, Caiden’s mother, hailed Becky as a “hero”.

“Words can’t describe how thankful I am for her saving my son’s life. You truly are an angel and I’ll be forever thankful. Caiden has made a full recovery and is still his cheeky self.

“I don't really know what to say other than I owe my life to her. She's a godsend and I can't bear to think what would have happened to my boy if she wasn't there,” she told

Spoon Street, the ice-cream shop where the incident happened, responded by giving the Carrickfergus girl a gift card.

“We will all be very lucky to have you as a nurse when you qualify,” a spokesperson for Spoon Street said.