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Cops: State trooper saves boy, 6, who stopped breathing while sick with flu on the Southern State Parkway in Nassau

A young boy who had been battling "a serious case of the flu" is expected to make a full recovery after a state trooper came to the unresponsive child's aid 10 days ago on the side of the Southern State Parkway, police said.

State Police said the incident, involving emergency intervention, occurred on Jan. 3 near Exit 25 on the Southern State Parkway in East Meadow.

The incident was reported in a 911 call received by State Police at about 6:35 p.m., a woman, "screaming hysterically," telling police she was near Exit 25, Newbridge Road -- and needed help.

Police said Trooper Christopher Nolan responded to the scene, where he was met by a 31-year-old woman clutching her non-responsive 6-year-old son.

The woman said the boy could not speak or breathe.

Nolan realized the boy had a blocked airway and promptly positioned him on his back, tilting the child to open his airway, police said.

The boy began to breathe, police said, and soon vomited -- requiring Nolan to "work to keep his airway clear from obstruction." Police said the trooper did so until an ambulance from North Bellmore EMS arrived on scene and transported the child and his mother to Nassau University Medical Center.

Police first released details of the incident on Tuesday.

The woman later told Nolan that her son had been "fighting a serious case of the flu" -- and had developed a 107-degree fever. The child, whose identity was not released, had a seizure and stopped breathing just before the woman called 911, police said.

The boy was treated for several days, police said, before being released from the hospital.

Police said the child is expected to make a full recovery.

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