Jersey Shore Star Mike Sorrentino is no stranger to dramatic situations, but an act of quick thinking and common sense on the part of the reality TV personality and his wife may have saved their son’s life.
On Saturday, Sorrentino shared a video of a terrifying moment when his two-year-old son, Romeo, began choking on pasta at his family’s table Thursday night.
Sorrentino, 41, said the incident was “the scariest moment of our lives” for him and his wife, Lauren.
In Ring camera footage from inside Sorrentino’s home, a typical dinner suddenly turned gruesome when Romeo began choking on a piece of “his favorite pesto pasta gnocchi.”
“He was hunched over and not breathing,” Sorrentino wrote.
In the video, Romeo can be heard coughing as he begins to choke. Immediately, Sorrentino got up from his chair to assist his son.
The 2-year-old continued to choke as Lauren, who is pregnant, loudly and calmly assured him that he would be okay. Sorrentino lifted his son from the chair and began patting his back to dislodge the paste from the boy’s airways.
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Lauren quickly retrieved an anti-choking device from the kitchen and assured the family members in the room that Romeo was not choking as long as he made noise.
Lauren used the device and Romeo can be heard vomiting in the footage. Then, once his airways were clear, the boy let out a loud moan.
As the clip ends, Lauren is seen comforting Romeo as he cries on the floor.
“I am so proud of how my wife and I didn’t panic, didn’t hesitate, and finally dislodged the food blocking her airway and saved her life,” Sorrentino wrote. “I love my family with all my heart and I am so grateful that everything turned out well.”
“It’s safe to say we’re taking CPR lessons now and Romeo won’t be eating gnocchi anytime soon,” he concluded.
In his post, Sorrentino also included a photo of a pout-faced Romeo and a photo of his family together.
Sorrentino later said Good morning america who is especially attentive to his children during meals.
“If I hear a cough during dinner, I assume it’s a problem. So I immediately jumped,” she recalled.
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Although Sorrentino said Romeo is “doing great” now, he called the incident “a scary decision.”
The video earned the parents praise online from social media users who praised their urgent, yet calm, response.
Sorrentino and his wife are currently expecting the birth of their third child in March. The couple also has a 1-year-old daughter, Mia Bella.
Before Romeo was born, Lauren revealed in 2019 that she had a miscarriage when she was seven months pregnant. Lauren said the experience was “heartbreaking.”
Lauren and Sorrentino married in 2018, the same year he was released from prison after serving an eight-month sentence for tax fraud.
The Heimlich maneuver, a popular life-saving practice for choking, is not suitable for children under five years old or weighing less than 45 pounds. When a child is choking, it is important to act quickly and use a number of techniques to dislodge the object, including back blows, abdominal thrusts, and chest thrusts.
In the video, Sorrentino is seen using a form of back-slapping technique, where an arm is placed across the child’s chest and firm blows are delivered between the shoulder blades.
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