Man Saves Newborn's Life with CPR

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."

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