The nursing staff at an Illinois hospital came together last week in support of a family experiencing legal issues as a result of a medical emergency.
Darius Hinkle was arrested on April 4 for various traffic violations after he rushed his 1-year-old daughter, who was choking on a penny, to the hospital, Fox 2 reports. Not only did nurses at Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville save his young child, but they also paid for him to be bailed out of jail.
Hinkle, who doesn’t have a valid driver’s license, rushed his daughter to the hospital driving over 100 miles per hour. Despite lights and sirens from law enforcement officers from several agencies behind him, Hinkle didn’t stop until he reached the hospital.
“The first thing on my mind was get her to the hospital,” he explained to Fox 2. “That’s my daughter, I wouldn’t want anything to happen to her.”
The child’s mother, Donecia Pittman, was in the car with Hinkle as they attempted to get help and shared her experience with police. “They told us to get out and put our hands up. I got out and I put my hands up and I yelled and I told the police, My baby is choking.’ I told them multiple times that she was choking. They were just worried about the fact that we were speeding,” Pittman said.
After Hinkle was taken into custody, Pittman attempted to pay his bail until she noticed someone else had already beat her to it. “Somebody was up there and they said ‘I’m here to bail out Darius Hinkle,’” Pittman recounted. “She spoke and said I’m the nurse from Touchette Hospital.”
Both parents were floored by the nursing staff’s generosity and assistance. “I can’t thank them enough,” Pittman said. “They was there for us ever since we got there. They was helpful.”
Fox 2 reached out to the hospital, which confirmed several nurses did chip in to pay for Hinkle’s bond.