Infant Resuscitated in Santa Cruz

2-month-old had stopped breathing.

Thursday, May 3, 2012  |  Updated 6:50 AM PDT
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Infant Resuscitated in Santa Cruz

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A deputy in unincorporated Santa Cruz County resuscitated a  2-month-old baby boy who had stopped breathing Tuesday afternoon, sheriff's  officials said.

Emergency crews responded to 17th Avenue and Capitola Road on  reports that an infant had stopped breathing at around 4:20 p.m., according  to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Doug Smith was the first to arrive and was flagged down by the child's mother who led him to the infant at a nearby laundromat.

Smith, who has undergone extensive medical first-responder training, administered rescue breaths until the child began to breathe on his  own, sheriff's officials said.

Paramedics then took the boy to a medical facility for additional  treatment.

Sheriff's Sgt. Christine Swannack said Smith's quick response saved the baby's life.

"As of (Tuesday) the baby was breathing on his own and doing  fine," Swannack said.

Sheriff's officials said Smith is a 10-year veteran of the sheriff's office and is assigned as a canine handler.
 

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