When Deputy Will Kimbro stopped a car for speeding last month, he didn’t know he would end up saving a newborn’s life.
The dramatic episode, which took place during a routine patrol in Berkeley County, South Carolina on June 11, was caught on a newly released video recorded by the officer’s body camera.
As Kimbro stopped the vehicle, the driver got out of the car and shouted that the baby stopped breathing after drinking from a bottle, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.
Her body was limp and blueish from lack of oxygen, the sheriff’s office said.
"Come on baby, cry for me, cry for me," he can be heard saying. "Open those eyes, sweetheart."
After asking the mother, who was sitting on the passenger’s seat, for the baby’s name, the deputy puts the baby on her lap, checks the pulse, and starts massaging her heart as part of lifesaving first aid.
“Come on baby, cry for me, cry for me,” he can be heard saying. “Open those eyes, sweetheart.”
As the baby starts crying, Kimbro says: “As long as she’s crying like that she’s breathing. I want you to cry. Come on.”
“I think she’s gonna be OK. She’s breathing,” the officer says to reassure the mother.
He keeps performing CPR because her breathing goes on and off, Kimbro says in the video.
Finally, the baby’s chest starts moving, meaning that she’s breathing again on her own. An emergency medical team arrives, and Kimbro and the mother recount what has happened.
When we wear the uniform and badge, we become what someone needs at that moment. For one Deputy that meant he needed to become the line between life and death for one young child.On June 11, a Deputy was conducting routine patrol in the unincorporated Summerville area of Berkeley County when he stopped a vehicle for speeding. What happens next was all captured on his department-issued body camera.Upon stopping the vehicle, the driver immediately exited the car and exclaimed that the baby in her vehicle had stopped breathing. Deputy W. Kimbro knew he needed to act immediately to save the baby’s life. Deputy Kimbro made contact with the 12-day-old baby and her mother in the vehicle. The mother told the Deputy the baby stopped breathing after drinking a bottle. Deputy Kimbro took the baby’s limp and cyanotic body and performed lifesaving first aid. As a result, he was able to get the baby to breathe again until EMS could arrive. Because of Deputy Kimbro’s steadfast, professional and heroic response, the 12-day old baby was able to live. Please join us in congratulating Deputy Kimbro for his gallant actions that prolonged human life. He was awarded the “Life-Saving Medal” from Sheriff Lewis for his heroic actions that day. Well done!
Berkeley County Sheriff's Office စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၉၊ ဇူလိုင် ၁၁၊ ကြာသပတေးနေ့
The baby was taken to a local hospital for observation and released, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Carli R. Drayton.
“As far as we know, the baby has been doing well,” Drayton said.
“Because of Deputy Kimbro’s steadfast, professional and heroic response, the 12-day-old baby was able to live,” the sheriff’s office said on Facebook.
Kimbro was awarded a medal for his heroic actions.
CNN has reached out to Kimbro for comment.
Newborn Baby Girl Rescued From Storm Drain
In another unrelated case, a newborn baby girl was rescued from a storm drain by emergency workers in South Africa after a grueling four-hour operation.
Authorities said they were called when residents heard a baby crying from deep within a concrete storm drain in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), on the eastern coast of South Africa, on Feb. 11, The Associated Press reported.
The little girl had been dumped in Newlands East, Durban, according to South Africa’s EWN Eyewitness News, and was airlifted to a hospital where she remains in stable condition.
Update on the rescue of the new born baby. The baby girl has been safely rescued from the storm water drain arrive. @ECR_Newswatch @IamAlexSweet @IOL @News24 @eNCA @_ArriveAlive @ecrtraffic @FatalMoves @TrafficSA @DailyNewsSA @TheMercurySA @weekly_gazette pic.twitter.com/v1A9FaKSpv
— Rescue Care Pty Ltd (@rescuecare) February 11, 2019
Rescuers believe the newborn girl was washed 10 to 15 feet down the drain after being “dumped,” according to ABC.
Rescue Care Paramedics, one of the groups that helped to extricate the infant said it is unclear why the baby was thrown into the storm drain and that police were investigating.
KMZ Emergency Medical Services spokesman Robert McKenzie told Eyewitness News, “It’s good news for the ending of this rescue today. We would like to congratulate the rescue personnel and paramedics who worked together to rescue this little girl today. The community was very helpful and supportive, which we are also grateful for.”
The rescued infant is thought to be between one and three days old, according to Fox News.
After arriving at the scene, emergency responders located the pipe the baby was in, Fox News reported, before digging deep into the opening.
Crews secured the walls of the opening by placing vertical supports along the walls and what appeared to be hydraulic braces, according to a Rescue Care photo published by Eyewitness News.
Witnesses cited by Fox News reportedly observed residents bringing pieces of wood they had ripped from kitchen cabinets in order to support the hole and prevent the sides from caving in.
Rescuers used a chisel and hammer to break into the pipe and rescue the infant. Video from the scene shows the emotional moment that the baby was unearthed from the drain as onlookers cheered.
The baby girl who was rescued from a stormwater pipe this morning, is doing we. Doctors at Chief Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital say she’s been treated for mild hypothermia & will be transferred to another facility shortly. #NewlandsEastBabyRescue @ECR_Newswatch pic.twitter.com/NsqLdf6YcF
— Bernadette Wicks (Wolhuter) (@bern_wicks) February 11, 2019
South African media reported the girl was being treated for mild hypothermia at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital and is expected to be transferred to a different facility.
Baby Rescue During Suicide Standoff
In 2018, the Arkansas police released an intense footage of officers rescuing a baby from a car during a standoff with a suicidal armed man.
Little Rock Police Department released the dashcam footage on Dec. 28, showing the tense moments as they talked down a suicidal father and rescued his 1-year-old baby from the passenger seat.
Farris Deloney, 43, had fired shots following an argument with the mother and had driven off with their daughter, sparking a police pursuit that culminated in the standoff on Dec. 19.
Deloney was charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, according to KATV.
The video shows a female officer climbing into the passenger seat mid-standoff, as officers tell Deloney, “Don’t do it!” The officer emerges a few seconds later with the baby dressed in pink.
According to Little Rock Police, the 13-minute video has been “trimmed for time constraints.” The total time elapsed is not clear, but at one edit point, just before Deloney emerges, the direction of the clouds jumps by around 60 degrees, suggesting a significant length of time.
Local reports said that the incident lasted two hours in total—from the time the shots were fired in the parking lot to Deloney’s arrest. The standoff lasted one hour, according to Arkansas Online.
In the video, the officers can be heard pleading with the man not to take his life, encouraging him to think of his daughter, who they call Olivia, and how she will need her father.
Eventually, Deloney gives in, backing out of the car and slowly walking backward toward the officers under their instruction with his hands in the air.
“Through de-escalation tactics and negotiation with the subject, officers were able to remove the child from the vehicle safely and take the subject into custody,” said a Little Rock Police statement.
“The subject was later transported to an area hospital for a medical evaluation,” the statement said.
Epoch Times reporter Tom Ozimek, Simon Veazey, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
From The Epoch Times