Miami Fire Rescue responded about 2:30 p.m. Thursday on Route 836 just east of 57th Street to a report of a baby in respiratory arrest. Westbound traffic suddenly came to a standstill around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, and a woman jumped from her car, holding a baby, and screaming for help.
The woman was the victim’s aunt, Pamela Rauseo, 37, of West Kendall. She quickly got a lot of help for her 5-month-old nephew — Sebastian de la Cruz — from other motorists on the expressway.
Lucila Godoy, 34, of Miami left her 3-year-old son in her car to rush over to help Rauseo revive the unresponsive infant. Sebastian de la Cruz was born prematurely and had respiratory issues.
Sweetwater police officer Amauris Bastidas ran to the scene and took over CPR for Godoy — performing chest pumps while Rauseo breathed into the baby’s mouth.
Capt. Anthony Trim and Lt. Alvaro Tonanez with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s hazardous materials unit — also stuck in traffic — jumped out of their separate cars. The firefighters were returning from a meeting and happened to hear the rescue call over the fire radio.
Miami Fire Rescue arrived and tarnsported Sebastian to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Pediatrics unit, where he was listed in stable condition Thursday evening.
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Miami Herald Drama on the expressway: Drivers scramble to save unconscious baby on 836
Pamela Rauseo, 37, performs CPR on her nephew, 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, after pulling her SUV over on the side of the road along the west bound lane on Florida State Road 836 just east of 57th Avenue when Sebastian stopped breathing.
A Miami Herald photographer, Al Diaz, was right behind this vehicle when the driver pulled over because she noticed her baby in the back seat was not breathing and turning blue.
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