Drivers Help Save Unconscious Baby

Miami Herald photographer captures scene on busy expressway

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 21, 2014 12:24 PM CST

(Newser) – A quick-thinking aunt and a group of Good Samaritans on a busy Miami expressway saved the life of a 5-month-old infant who had stopped breathing yesterday. And one of those helpers just happened to be a Miami Herald photographer who captured some amazing images. The drama began about 2:30pm when Pamela Rauseo realized that her 5-month-old nephew, Sebastian de la Cruz, had stopped breathing. She pulled her SUV over on the Dolphin Expressway, carried the baby from the car, and began screaming for help.

Herald photographer Al Diaz happened to be right behind her. "A woman pops out of her car holding a baby screaming, 'Help me! Help me! My baby is not breathing,'" he recounts to WSVN. Rauseo began performing CPR and another woman jumped from her car to help. Diaz found a police officer stuck in traffic, and the officer took over the chest compressions. Two other Miami-Dade fire and rescue officials, also stuck in traffic, joined them, and they all managed to get Sebastian breathing again before paramedics arrived. He is in stable condition today. "I was just thinking about my sister, like, 'I can't, I can't let this happen, I can't, I can't,'" says Rauseo. "'She trusted me with her baby, and I can't let this baby die on me.'"

Pamela Rauseo, 37, performs CPR on her nephew.
Pamela Rauseo, 37, performs CPR on her nephew.   (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Al Diaz)
Pamela Rauseo performs CPR on her nephew.
Pamela Rauseo performs CPR on her nephew.   (AP Photo/Miami Herald, Al Diaz)
Sweetwater officer Amauris Bastidas holds the infant.
Sweetwater officer Amauris Bastidas holds the infant.   (AP Photo/Miami Herald, Al Diaz)
Sweetwater officer Amauris Bastidas keeps a watchful eye waiting for paramedics to arrive.
Sweetwater officer Amauris Bastidas keeps a watchful eye waiting for paramedics to arrive.   (AP Photo/Miami Herald, Al Diaz)
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