Toy Balloon Lodged in Throat Causes Boy’s Death at Party

May 4, 1947
Long Beach

A child’s birthday party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Gale, 2283 Grand Ave., turned grim today when six-year-old Wayne R. Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Wilson of 2263 Grand Ave., collapsed outside the Gale home. Mr. Gale and Elmer Alterman of 2282 Grand Ave. rushed the child to Community Hospital, where Dr. John A. Saltman extracted the offending matter–a small rubber balloon Wayne had been given as a party favor. The boy could not be revived.