A desperate woman jumped out of her SUV on the Dolphin Expressway in Florida, screaming for help as her baby turned blue. The Miami Herald’s Al Diaz ran among cars along the highway until he found a police officer in his patrol car and told him about the infant who had stopped breathing.
Pamela Rauseo performs CPR on her nephew, 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, on Thursday after pulling her SUV over on the side of Florida State Road 836.
Rescuers on Thursday responded to Pamela Rauseo, center, who performed CPR on her 5-month-old nephew, Sebastian de la Cruz.
Sweetwater, Fla., police officer Amauris Bastidas hold infant Sebastian de la Cruz, age 5 months, who had stopped breathing Thursday. Lucila Godoy, right, stopped her car to assist in the rescue.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue paramedic Lt. Alvaro Tonanez cuddles Sebastian de la Cruz, who in this photo has noticeably gotten his color back.
And then to their horror, Sebastian stopped breathing again.More emergency responders had arrived, including Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s hazardous-materials unit.
A distraught Pamela Rauseo, 37, reacts after performing CPR on her nephew.
“Everybody got there in seconds, it seemed,” Diaz said.
Godoy and the emergency workers started another round of CPR and got little Sebastian breathing before emergency responders arrived to take him to a hospital. Rauseo said the child had been born prematurely and suffered breathing problems.
The baby was listed in stable condition Thursday evening, a hospital spokeswoman said.