Mary Graham wants to find the man who saved her son’s life to thank him — and pay for his dry cleaning.
At a Subway in Alsip Tuesday night, the man dislodged a Dorito from her son’s throat, she said.
He was vomited on in the process and left before she had the chance to thank him. She’d love to foot the dry cleaning bill, she said.
"I don’t even know the words I’d say," Graham said. "I’d probably just cry and tell him thank you. I don’t know what I would have done if he wasn’t there. Nobody else was realizing what was going on."
That night, the Alsip woman decided to take her children Noah Graham, 2, and Marilyn Graham, 9, on a adventure. They ended up at Subway, 12148 S. Cicero Ave., for dinner at about 6:30 p.m.
Marilyn Graham shared some Doritos with her brother and a tall, skinny, blonde-and spiky-haired man wearing a black T-shirt, gray slacks walked through the door and waited in line to order.
When Mary Graham looked at her son, she knew something was wrong.
"It looked like Noah was going to throw up a little bit and then all of a sudden it must have got stuck in his throat and he was gasping for air," Mary Graham said.
Noah Graham’s face and lips turned a pale blue and Mary began to panic. As she struggled to get him out of the stroller, Marilyn Graham dashed to the register for help.
The man flew to Noah Graham without hesitation, ripped the infant from his stroller, placed him over his knee and began pressing on his stomach and patting his back. Her son then vomited.
A woman sitting behind Mary Graham who had been working on her laptop exclaimed: "He breathing, he’s crying, he’s OK!"
Mary Graham took her son from the man and ran to the bathroom to clean him. The man left before she came out.
"He was in and he was out," she said. "Poor guy probably had to go home and change his clothes!"
Security camera footage and staff confirmed the rescue.
"I’m a mother too," said manager Grishma Patil. "I completely understand her feelings about this person."
After reviewing the camera footage, Patil turned to the reporter and smiled.
"It’s nice to see there’s still a good human being," Patil said.
Mary Graham said she believes the man is from the area and shared a Facebook status hoping somebody who knew him would encourage him to come forward.
"You don’t save a little boy’s life and not talk about it," she said.