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Man Saves Newborn’s Life with CPR

Friday, March 29th, 2013

A 21-year-old Michigan man is being hailed as a Good Samaritan after he saved the life of a 3 lb. 8 oz. girl who was born on the side of the road.  More from

The story comes from, which spoke with Ryan Cornelissen about his unexpected heroics. He said he’d been on his way to the bank when he saw a man attempting to flag him down. Cornelissen pulled over and learned that the man’s wife had just had a baby, and that the newborn was having trouble breathing. The couple had been on their way to the hospital to have the baby, but had run out of time.

“The mom was sitting in the front seat, she had a blanket, and all I saw was the top of the baby’s head,” Cornelissen said. Neither parent spoke English very well, so Cornelissen called 911 for them. The dispatcher explained how to perform CPR on the newborn.

“Tilt its head back just a little, but not too much, OK? … You’re going to cover the baby’s nose and mouth with your mouth,” the dispatcher said.

After several attempts, the baby, born two months early, began breathing. “Oh, yes! The baby is whimpering,” Cornelissen told the dispatcher. “She’s breathing!”

He recalled, “I remember the baby’s face. I will never forget. It was awesome.”

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Study: Portable Pools Pose Drowning Risk

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Portable PoolNearly 250 children drowned or nearly drowned in portable pools from 2001 to 2009, about two dozen each year, the first national study of portable pool safety has found.  The study, which gathered its data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, was published today in the online edition of the journal Pediatrics.  It reports that wading pools, inflatable pools, and other soft-sided portable pools carry a similar danger level to in-ground pools, and some children drowned in as little as two inches of water.

Almost all the drownings or near-drownings–94 percent–involved children under 5 years of age.  Fifty-six percent involved boys, and 73 percent occurred in the child’s own backyard.  Researchers concluded that many parents might not feel the same sense of safety urgency with portable pools as they do with the deeper waters of in-ground pools.

“The anecdotal evidence was suggesting that because portable pools are readily available in many convenience stores and malls, and they’re relatively cheap, parents would pick them up, take them home, quickly assemble them, and all this would be done without a lot of forethought about the safety aspects,” the study’s senior author, Dr. Gary A. Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, told The Associated Press.

Smith recommends a consumer education campaign to raise awareness that drowning is the second-leading cause of injury deaths among young children, and portable pools can be dangerous if safety precautions are not taken.  Precautions should take the form of “layers of protection,” the study said, including constant, vigilant adult supervision, proper isolation or fencing around the pool when not in use, and CPR education for caregivers and parents.

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