BABY SWALLOWS MOTHER’S KEYS
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Purowskey of 44 Blackberry Lane in
Tampa, Florida aren’t quite sure what to do. Their
eighteen month old baby daughter, Patti Sue Purowskey,
now fast becoming known as Beepy, swallowed Mrs.
“We don’t know what to do next,” said a tearful Mrs.
Purowskey when paramedics responded to her frantic 911
call. “I laid the keys down just for a moment when the
phone rang. I never dreamed in my wildest imaginations
that something like this could ever happened.”
“I can’t imagine what ever got into her,” added Mr.
Purowskey, as he tried to comfort his sobbing wife.
“Well, I do know what got into her,” he amended. “I
should say what she was thinking of to do such a thing.”
“When did you first realize that Beepy, er I mean Patti
Sue had swallowed your keys?” asked Daniel deMolen, a
member of the local media.
Mrs. Purowskey sobbed louder at the use of the now
becoming familiar nickname ascribed to her baby
daughter. “I clapped my hands to make the keys beep so
that I could find them,” she said. “I realized by the
sound that they were near our precious baby. I looked
through her toy box and all around where she had been
playing. Finally I said, not really expecting an answer,
‘Patti Sue, where are Mama’s keys?’ She smacked both
hands on her little belly and I heard a familiar beeping
sound. I couldn’t believe it. I clapped my hands
together and sure enough, the beeping came again and it
was coming straight from Patti Sue.”
Beepy trying to eat
her own fingers
“I was working in my at home office and I heard my wife
scream,” said Mr. Purowskey, picking up the story. “I
rushed in to the house and as soon as I heard what had
happened, I picked Patti Sue up by the ankles and shook
her, hoping to dislodge the keys, but to no avail. My
wife begged me to stop because she didn’t want me to use
up the battery, after all, those things cost money.
We’re doing all we can to distract Patti Sue from
playing her favorite game of patty cake.”
“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” added Mrs.
Purowskey. “We can copy my husband’s house key and all
that, it’s the car keys I’m concerned about. I had the
only keys to that car and right now when my husband is
using his car I have to hire a taxi and you know what
“You really don’t have to worry, ma’am,” said Sgt.
Joseph Shultz of the Tampa rescue squad. “I’ve given
Beepy, errr I mean Patti Sue something that should
relieve the situation. I’ve faced this sort of challenge
before. You can rest assured, this too shall pass.”