Unconscious Baby Rescued on Miami Expressway

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MIAMI – Traffic on Miami’s Dolphin Expressway halted when a distraught woman got out of her car, holding a baby and screaming for help.

The dramatic rescue unfolded Thursday afternoon and Miami Herald photojournalist Al Diaz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, was there to capture it.

His images show a woman frantically trying to save her 5-month-old nephew Sebastian De La Cruz, who was already turning blue.

Diaz was driving behind Pamela Rausea when she suddenly hit the brakes and got out of her car to ask for help.

Pamela Rauseo performing CPR on her 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz. Photo: Al Diaz/Miami Herald
Pamela Rauseo performing CPR on her 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz. Photo: Al Diaz/Miami Herald

“A woman pops out of her 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,” Al Diaz told CBS4’s Lauren Pastrana.

“As a photojournalist you want to capture these images, but as a human being you want to get help,” he told the New York Daily News.

Diaz was managed to do both.

Photo: Al Diaz/Miami Herald
Photo: Al Diaz/Miami Herald

A woman, Lucila Godoy, also ran over and performed CPR as her own child waited in the car. She knew how to turn the baby on its side to get him breathing again.

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“It’s a great thing that people actually stopped to help,” said Diaz.

Sweetwater, Fla., officer Amauris Bastidas helps with the rescue of 5-month-old baby boy, Sebastian de la Cruz, who stopped breathing. Photo: Al Diaz/Miami Herald
Sweetwater, Fla., officer Amauris Bastidas helps with the rescue of 5-month-old baby boy, Sebastian de la Cruz, who stopped breathing. Photo: Al Diaz/Miami Herald

As Rauseo performed CPR, Diaz ran through traffic until he found Officer Amauris Bastidas of the Sweetwater Police Department. The officer then took over CPR, performing chest pumps while Rauseo breathed into the infant’s mouth.

The trio managed to get the baby start breathing. But then to their horror, Sebastian stopped breathing again.

A distraught Pamela Rauseo reacts after performing CPR on her nephew, 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, who stopped breathing. Photo: Al Diaz/Miami Herald
A distraught Pamela Rauseo reacts after performing CPR on her nephew, 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, who stopped breathing. Photo: Al Diaz/Miami Herald

More emergency responders had arrived, including Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s hazardous-materials unit.

Little Sebastian was rushed at Jackson Memorial Hospital and he is now in a stable condition. He was born prematurely and has respiratory issues.

Miami-Dade Fire paramedic lieutenant Alvaro Tonanez helps rescue 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, who stopped breathing. Photo: Al Diaz/Miami Herald
Miami-Dade Fire paramedic lieutenant Alvaro Tonanez helps rescue 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, who stopped breathing. Photo: Al Diaz/Miami Herald

As a nurse, if you are faced with this kind of situation. What would you do? 

images credit to Al Diaz

Matt Vera is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science in nursing since 2009 and is currently working as a full-time writer and editor for Nurseslabs. During his time as a student, he knows how frustrating it is to cram on difficult nursing topics and finding help online is near to impossible. His situation drove his passion for helping student nurses through the creation of content and lectures that is easy to digest. Knowing how valuable nurses are in delivering quality healthcare but limited in number, he wants to educate and inspire students in nursing. As a nurse educator since 2010, his goal in Nurseslabs is to simplify the learning process, breakdown complicated topics, help motivate learners, and look for unique ways of assisting students in mastering core nursing concepts effectively.

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