A THREE-year-old girl choked to death at an Asda store after her panicked parents battled desperately to save her.
Little Poppy Reardon was shopping with her mum and dad at the supermarket in Aintree, Liverpool, when she died in a “tragic accident”.
An inquest heard how the tot was being carried by her dad when she started biting on the plastic zip toggle on his Nike running jacket.
Coroner Julie Goulding said Poppy “accidentally asphyxiated” after swallowing the toggle when became detached from the top, reports the Mirror.
Off duty paramedic David Fitzmurphy had stepped out of the store to make a phone call when his partner alerted him to the youngster chocking and “going blue”.
He dashed to the aisle and immediately began mouth-to-mouth but said it “felt like it wasn’t going in” as her “really distressed” parents Rhian Reardon and Conor Mulhaney frantically tried to help.
An off duty operating department practitioner then started CPR on Poppy before she was rushed to Alder Hey Hospital.
But when the ambulance arrived, the tot was in cardiac arrest and not breathing.
When they got to the hospital, Poppy was “not breathing on her own” and there were “no signs of life”.
Despite repeated CPR attempts and adrenaline shots, Ms Goulding said it “was not possible to resuscitate her”.
The hearing was told that the top Poppy’s dad was wearing on the day of the tragedy in August 2021 was designed for adults and had been distributed globally with “no other similar issues”.
Concluding Poppy’s death to be a “tragic accident”, Ms Goulding said the top complied with all appropriate UK and international standards.
The coroner sent her “deepest condolences to the young family and friends for their very tragic and sad loss.”
Poppy and her parents had been shopping the the store after 9pm on August 10, 2021, ahead of a camping trip they were due to take the following day.
Speaking after the incident, one unnamed worker said all the staff were “devastated”.
“It’s just so sad for her parents,” they added.
“How do you get over something like that.”