Stunning Photos Capture the Moment a Woman Literally Blew Life Back Into a Dying Baby
Feb. 21, 2014 8:25am Liz Klimas
It seemed like the worst place for an emergency. A Florida woman found herself in a mid-afternoon traffic jam on Miami’s 836 expressway with an unconscious baby.
The Miami Herald reported that Pamela Rauseo had her 5-month-old nephew, Sebastian de la Cruz, in her care when he stopped breathing. The baby was born early and had respiratory issues, according to the newspaper.
But when Rauseo saw he was turning blue in the back seat, she leapt from the car and screamed for help. Lucila Godoy heard Rauseo’s cries and left her own toddler in the back seat of her car, rushing to the 37-year-old aunt’s aid.
Miami Herald photographer Al Diaz was also among those who heard the panic and witnessed the heroic actions by civilians and emergency officials that ultimately saved the baby — and he captured the stunning moments on camera.
Pamela Rauseo, 37, performs CPR on her nephew, five-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, after pulling her SUV over on the side of the road along the west bound lane on Florida state road 836 just east of 57th Avenue around 2:30pm on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. At right is Lucila Godoy who stopped her car to assist in the rescue. The baby was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he is reportedly doing ok. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Al Diaz)
“I heard screaming,” Diaz, who won a Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for his work covering Hurricane Andrew, told the newspaper.
He added that he heard Rauseo “screaming that the baby can’t breathe.”
Before whipping out his camera, the Miami Herald reported that Diaz found Sweetwater Police Officer Amauris Bastidas nearby.
As Rauseo blew air into the baby’s mouth, Bastias pumped his small chest.
Emergency officials who just happened to be stuck in the traffic jam also rushed to the scene. (AP/Miami Herald, Al Diaz)
“I lifted him up in the air and moved him up and down,” Bastias told the newspaper.
Relief came for a moment when de la Cruz started breathing, but then he stopped again.
Sweetwater officer Amauris Bastidas helps rescue a five-month-old baby boy, Sebastian de la Cruz, who stopped breathing. At center, the baby’s aunt, Pamela Rauseo, 37, performed CPR after pulling her SUV over on the side of the road along the west bound lane on Florida state road 836 just east of 57th Avenue around 2:30pm on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. At right is Lucila Godoy who stopped her car to assist in the rescue. (AP/Miami Herald, Al Diaz)
Also stuck in the jam were Capt. Anthony Trim and Lt. Alvaro Tonanez with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, who heard of the emergency over the radio, according to the Herald. By the time they reached the frantic scene, the baby was breathing consistently, though his breath was weak.
Sweetwater officer Amauris Bastidas keeps a watchful eye waiting for paramedics after aiding a five-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz who stopped breathing. The baby’s aunt performed CPR after pulling her SUV over on the side of the road along the west bound lane on Florida state road 836 just east of 57th Avenue around 2:30 pm on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (AP/Miami Herald, Al Diaz)
The 5-month-old was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital and listed in stable condition Thursday evening, the Miami Herald reported.
As for the heroes who stopped to help, Godoy told WFOR-TV, “I think I just did whatever any person would do.”
Watch WFOR-TV’s report:
It’s my duty. It’s my duty to act,” Bastidas told the news station.