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Man Saves Baby’s Life with Turkey Baster

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 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.”

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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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