NYPD officers save 15-month-old baby who wasn’t breathing after seizure
Three NYPD officers saved the life of 15-month-old baby Chloe Ivanov, who had stopped breathing from a seizure on Saturday.
Just after 7 p.m., Caroline Ivanov noticed that her daughter had stopped breathing. She called 911, but seeing that her baby was in need of immediate care, ran outside in a panic onto the streets of Brighton Beach in search of help.
When she saw a police car stopped at Ocean Parkway and Brighton Beach, she ran over and started banging on the window pleading for help.
“I was terrified,” said Ivanov, 29, “This is my first child, my only child, and I’m watching her go lifeless in my arms.”
The officers radioed for an ambulance but were told the closest was seven to eight minutes away, and it soon became apparent that something had to be done right away to save Chloe.
“The baby had a bluish tint, she wasn’t breathing, a lot of bubbles [were] coming out of her mouth,” said officer Michael Pace, 26.
The cops put the baby in the back of the car and rushed to Coney Island Hospital, about five blocks away.
Officer Daniel Newman, 29, a trained emergency medical technician, began cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the baby to get air back into her lungs. Newman had never performed CPR on a baby before, but said his training just kicked in.
As the car raced to the hospital, Newman managed to get Chloe breathing again. The baby took a few breaths, the color returned to her cheeks and everyone was relieved.
Officer Joseph Doyle, 26, was also part of the rescue and said they had been lucky to have a hospital nearby.
The doctors said they thought the seizure may have been caused by a high fever, the Daily News reported.
Chloe was kept in the hospital overnight as a precaution, but was back home on Sunday enjoying her favorite cartoons.
“She’s getting better, but honestly, I don’t know where we would be without the cops on the street,” Ivanov said. “They did everything they could do, and they really acted as New York’s Finest in that moment.”
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