Police Officer Saves the Life of a 12-Day Old Newborn Who Stopped Breathing in This Heart Wrenching Viral Video
A South Carolina police officer is to be honoured with a medal after his quick thinking and calmness saved the life of a 12-day old newborn baby girl last month.
Deputy W. Kimbro with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office pulled a car over on the 11th of June for speeding. After the car stopped, one of the passengers exited and explained to Kimbro that they were rushing a small infant to hospital after she was found choking and had stopped breathing.
The baby’s mother told Kimbro that her daughter had stopped breathing after drinking a bottle and needed immediate help.
His body cam filmed his life-saving actions before baby Riley was handed over to emergency services workers in a stable condition.
In the footage released last Thursday, the deputy was captured on his own body cam feeling for a pulse before beginning to massage 12-day-old Riley’s chest. He attempts to open the child’s airway by lifting her neck and inserting his finger in her mouth.
“As long as she’s crying like that she’s breathing,” he can be heard saying.
According to the girl’s mother, the infant was in her bassinet sleeping when she took the opportunity to take a shower. The woman’s stepmother alerted her when she said that the baby was choking on what might have been milk.
“Her lips are a little blue, I’m worried about her circulation,” Kimbro could be heard telling another deputy.
“Come on, come on baby. She’s breathing as long as she’s crying like that she’s breathing but I’m worried about her because it looks like she’s going in and out,” he continued.
The deputy has been praised by his department for his lifesaving efforts in a Facebook post that has been watched and shared thousands of times.
“When we wear the uniform and badge, we become what someone needs at that moment. For one Deputy that meant he needed to become the line between life and death for one young child,” the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office wrote.
“On June 11, a Deputy was conducting routine patrol in the unincorporated Summerville area of Berkeley County when he stopped a vehicle for speeding. What happens next was all captured on his department-issued body camera.
“Upon stopping the vehicle, the driver immediately exited the car and exclaimed that the baby in her vehicle had stopped breathing. Deputy W. Kimbro knew he needed to act immediately to save the baby’s life.
“Deputy Kimbro made contact with the 12-day-old baby and her mother in the vehicle. The mother told the Deputy the baby stopped breathing after drinking a bottle. Deputy Kimbro took the baby’s limp and cyanotic body and performed lifesaving first aid. As a result, he was able to get the baby to breathe again until EMS could arrive.
“Because of Deputy Kimbro’s steadfast, professional and heroic response, the 12-day old baby was able to live. Please join us in congratulating Deputy Kimbro for his gallant actions that prolonged human life. He was awarded the “Life-Saving Medal” from Sheriff Lewis for his heroic actions that day. Well done!”
Well done, indeed!
Source: Facebook/Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office