Passengers Save Baby Who Stopped Breathing on Plane

One happened to be a CPR instructor

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 12, 2014 11:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – A little relief from all the depressing air-travel news this week: Two passengers helped save the life of a baby who had stopped breathing aboard a US Airways flight, reports KTVK. According to others on the flight from Tampa to Phoenix, the drama began when a woman began screaming that her grandchild had stopped breathing and was turning purple. Two passengers came to the rescue, one of whom happened to be a CPR instructor, reports MyFox Phoenix.

"I did chest compressions, cleared his mouth, gave him some rescue breathing, stimulated him," Garrett Goodwin tells the TV station. "He came back around." But it made for some anxious moments for the rest of the plane. "Everyone was invested, and we heard the baby cry, it was just ... it was a teary moment for everyone," recounts another passenger. The baby was doing fine. The best guess is that a high fever triggered a seizure. (Click to read about a similar baby rescue, this one on a busy highway.)

File photo of a US Airways jet.
File photo of a US Airways jet.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, file)
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