While no mother wants to make her baby cry, ensuring the child did cry became the most important thing when she couldn't breathe.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on December 6, 2019. It has since been updated.
There are moments in our lives when we just pray for a miracle to happen and we are given an angel we didn't even realize we needed. Those moments can only be described as serendipitous because of how well it works out for us.
A new mother was pulled over while speeding by a cop, who later realized that the mom was in a hurry so she could save her 12-day old daughter. The mother was scared for her baby's life but the deputy who stopped her became her hero. Bodycam footage captured the South Carolina deputy, William Kimbro, trying to save the life of the newborn, Ryleigh, on June 11, 2019.
Deputy William, of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, said that he stopped the car since it was speeding. One of the passengers told him that they were taking the infant to the hospital as she had stopped breathing after being fed from a bottle. The deputy's instincts kicked in and he started performing first aid to make the child breath again, according to ABC News.
In the video, we can see the concerned mother handing her baby to the deputy, who performs rescue breaths. He goes onto check for a pulse and starts massaging her tiny chest, around her heart. It is unimaginable how scared the mother was in a situation like this. She probably didn't know if it was the right choice to stop here instead of going to the hospital, but she puts her trust in William.
"Come on baby, cry for me, cry for me," William is heard saying, according to Daily Mail. "Come on, open those eyes, sweetheart," he coos to the child. Once he starts massaging her lips, she cries faintly. "As long as she's crying like that, she's breathing," he told the new mom's relief. But that was not the end of the ordeal. He had to perform CPR on her until the EMS arrived, which had been called for.
He inserted his finger in her mouth to open her passageway. He looks for a pulse and massages her chest in gentle clockwise circles and regular patting motions, according to EpochTimes.
"Her lips are a little blue, I’m worried about her circulation," the deputy tells his fellow deputy. We can see the little baby making small movements and noises then, though her breathing was still frail.
When the first responders arrived, they took over the situation. After handing over the baby to them, William told the mom, "I didn't feel a heartbeat earlier so I started massaging her heart and now I feel it's real strong now."
William's partner pats him on the shoulder, saying, "You did good." And he did do good. Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carli Drayton told DailyMail that Ryleigh was then taken to the hospital. She has been released. "Officers went by and checked on her a few days later and she was doing well," Carli said.
William was later awarded the "Life-Saving Medal" from Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis, according to ABC News.
Without his intervention, we don't know how the situation would have panned out, but his good deed saved the child's life. Ryleigh's mother got a miracle that day instead of a speeding ticket.