Restaurant manager draws on old healthcare training to save unconscious toddler


For Chaseedaw Gable and Antonio Johnson, Sunday brings as many religious services as an appetite.

“We wanted to stop and have a quick bite,” Gable recalled.

They brought Azeena, 6, and Antonio Johnson II, 2, to the WingStop on 1st Street in Bradenton. Gable was outside and the two Antonio’s were inside.

“He’s very energetic, he can run fast… Running, jumping, he’s a happy kid,” Johnson said of his son. “The moment I try to get him he slips, bangs his head right on the bench.”

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Little Tony went limp. You could say his father too.

“It was like he had no sensation in his body,” Johnson said. “I don’t want to think about this.”

As the panic set in, someone was watching over them and knew exactly what to do.

When 2-year-old Antonio Johnson II slipped and hit his head inside the WingStop in Bradenton, restaurant manager Jajahira Rosado put her training as a former hospital worker to work.

“The dad grabbed the baby and I jumped off the counter,” said Jajahira Rosado, the restaurant manager. “He thought he was dead, and so did I because he started to say, ‘My baby!'”

A cashier called 911 as Rosado put her training as a former hospital worker to work. She did a breastbone massage, the precursor to CPR. Rosado estimates that it took him three minutes to come to his senses.

“He opened his eyes and looked at his daddy,” Rosado said.

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“He started moving again and I was excited about it,” Johnson said.

Johnson and Gable put Tony in the back of their car and walked over to Manatee Memorial.

“He was born there, the last thing I wanted to do was take him back to where he was born for something that is life threatening,” Gable said.

Aside from the concussion, he is in good health and is back to himself. As for adults, they may never be the same.

“It’s the purpose of being here,” said Rosado. “We have to help each other.

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“For me, the first thing is for people to help you,” Johnson added. “They acted like my son was theirs.”

Gable wants everyone to take this opportunity to familiarize themselves with CPR.

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