Deputy Pulls Over a Car And Saves a Newborn's Life

Hero had pulled over a speeder rushing to the hospital
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2019 4:14 PM CDT

A body cam worn by a South Carolina sheriff's deputy captured his dramatic efforts to save the life of a 12-day-old girl who had stopped breathing after choking. He succeeded, Fox News reports, and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office has praised South Carolina Deputy W. Kimbro as a hero. Kimbro had pulled a car over for speeding when a passenger told him they were rushing a newborn to the hospital who had choked and stopped breathing. "Let me have the baby," Kimbro says on the video. He feels for a pulse, then massages the newborn's chest. He lifts the child's neck and puts his finger in her mouth to try to open her airway. "As long as she’s crying like that, she’s breathing," Kimbro says on the video. The newborn cries at intervals and makes slight movements, but at one point seems to stop. Kimbro clears her airway of saliva and taps on her chest to keep her awake until she resumes crying. "She’s okay, I think she’s going to be okay," Kimbro says.

Paramedics then arrived and took over. The mother and stepmother of the girl, Riley, said she evidently woke up choking, possibly on milk. The sheriff's office awarded Kimbro its "Life-Saving Medal." In a Facebook post, the department said: "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.” (More choking stories.)

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