Baby Stops Breathing on Busy Expressway; Drivers Gather to Help


On Thursday afternoon, traffic came to a standstill on the Dolphin Expressway in Miami when a 5-month-old baby stopped breathing and his aunt ran out of her car, crying for help. According to The Huffington Post, 37-year-old Pamela Rauseo was holding her nephew, Sebastian de la Cruz, in her arms. According to The Miami Herald, the baby was turning blue.

Al Diaz, a photographer for The Miami Herald who happened to be driving behind Rauseo, told CBS Miami, “A woman pops out of the car and starts screaming ‘My baby can’t breathe! My baby can’t breathe! Call 911!’ So I got out of my car and ran over to help her.”

The Huffington Post reports that the aunt performed CPR on the baby as Diaz ran through traffic looking for assistance, eventually finding Officer Amauris Bastidas of the Sweetwater Police Department. A few other bystanders also went to help. The Miami Herald reports that Bastidas helped the aunt perform CPR.

According to The Miami Herald, Sebastian was born prematurely and suffers from respiratory problems. He is said to be in stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Pediatrics unit.

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