Girl, 8, dies after suffocating on birthday balloon

Fire officials in Oregon say a birthday balloon caused an 8-year-old girl to suffocate after she tried to suck the helium out of it.

According to KATU, at about 9pm the girl had gone to bed, and when the parents checked on her about 20 minutes later, she wasn’t breathing.

Pat McGloghlon was at the home when it happened and said the girl’s father found her.

“My son went in to check on her and all he saw was a foot sticking out of her bed. Then he took the covers off and found the balloon on her head,” McGloghlon told KATU . “He put her on the floor and cut the balloon off her head. He started CPR and we called 911.”

Investigators said there had been a birthday party at the home earlier, and when the girl went to bed she tried to suck the helium out of it and ended up suffocating.

McGloghlon said she hopes her granddaughter’s tragic story will help save other children’s lives.

“Everybody just hug their kids and tell them you love them,” McGloghlon said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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