Monday, June 17th, 2013
A five-month-old baby girl was in dire condition and unable to breathe when a Good Samaritan who overheard her babysitters’ panic rushed in and saved the baby’s life, clearing her nasal passages with a turkey baster. More from Yahoo! News:
Local station KSN.com reports that 5-month-old Nessa Shoup of Ludington, Mich., was having trouble breathing while under the care of two baby sitters. One of them called 911.
Bill Hogenson happened to be working nearby and overheard the conversation. He ran into the house and found the baby, who was turning blue and appeared unable to breathe.
Hogenson peformed CPR on Nessa, but the baby continued to struggle.
He told KSN:
“I went into the drawer and found a turkey baster and used the turkey baster to clear her nasal passage and her airway,” Hogenson described.
He patted her on the back, spun her around and saw a good sign.
“She smiled at me, and I knew we were going to be in the good,” Hogenson said.
Nessa’s father, Shawn Gasciogne, told KSN, “If it weren’t for him, we wouldn’t have this beautiful baby here right now and we are forever grateful.”
Image: Turkey baster, via Shutterstock
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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 Yahoo.com:
The story comes from ClickOnDetroit.com, 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.”
Image: Man driving car, via Shutterstock
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Thursday, May 17th, 2012
Nine-year-old Josef Miles has inspired his family–and caught the media’s attention–by taking on a group of controversial protesters from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, who demonstrate at military funerals displaying signs that use an expletive for homosexuals with the words “God Hates ___.” NPR.org reports:
“Josef was determined to make his own statement so we went to the car and with pencil and his sketch pad, he made up his own little sign that reads ‘GOD HATES NO ONE,’ ” his mom wrote. “Those people are scary but he stood strong, was respectful and stood by his convictions. He will be a good man, I have no doubt. I got my Mothers Day present early.”
Image via NPR.org
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Monday, December 12th, 2011
CNN has named its “Hero of the Year,” and the winner is an American midwife who has helped thousands of impoverished Indonesian women have healthy pregnancies and births.
“Mother Robin,” as Robin Lim is called by the locals, offers free prenatal care, birthing services, and medical aid to women who could otherwise not afford such care. Lim’s work is motivated by the staggeringly high maternal and infant mortality rate in Indonesia.
“Every baby’s first breath on Earth could be one of peace and love. Every mother should be healthy and strong. Every birth could be safe and loving. But our world is not there yet,” Lim said during “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” which took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and recognized Lim and the other top 10 CNN Heroes of 2011.
Many women in the developing world do not have access to contraception or maternal care. According to the United Nations Population Fund, three out of five women giving birth in South Asia do so without a skilled birth attendant on hand.
(Image via: http://latitudes.nu/)
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
Tolga Bozoglu / EPA, via MSNBC.com
A 2-week-old baby girl who had been pinned in her mother’s arms during the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck eastern Turkey Sunday was rescued safely nearly 48 hours after the disaster. The rescue workers also rescued the girl’s mother, alive, from the apartment building that had collapsed around them. The baby’s grandmother was brought out of the wreckage on a stretcher, but it was unclear whether she had survived. [UPDATE: The grandmother has also reportedly survived.]
Young Azra Karaduman was removed from the wreckage, naked and wrapped in a blanket, to the sounds of applause from rescuers and the quick attention of medics, MSNBC.com reports.
“I am so excited. What can I say. Let God help them,” the child’s other grandmother, Sevim Yigit, told Reuters, eyes brimming with tears of joy beneath her headscarf.
The baby’s father, who was also in the building, has not yet been located.
An estimated 2,000 buildings collapsed in the earthquake. More than 350 people have been reported dead, and 1,300 injuries are reported so far.
(image via: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/)
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