An Exciting Baby Rescue Story With a Happy Ending

Here’s an exciting baby rescue story by Teri Figueroa of UTSanDiego.com. Melissa Wells-Pestana’s baby was born prematurely in the back of a fire department ambulance. The tiny baby weighed only 4 pounds and 7 ounces.The baby wasn’t breathing and it had no pulse.  I’ll let Figueroa tell you the story:

Zavier’s father, 50-year-old Paul Pestana, called 911 that morning when it became clear his wife was going into labor seven weeks early. The fire crew loaded up Melissa Wells-Pestana, 37, in the ambulance, but her first-born child would not wait. The baby was born in front of his parents’ home.

Fire Capt. Glen Morgan cupped the baby in his hand on the gurney and gave him CPR — two fingers, rapid compressions — as the ambulance raced about 4½ miles to the hospital. Firefighter-paramedic Steven Choi placed a tiny mask over the baby’s face and started pumping air into him. He was blue when he arrived at the hospital. As he was pulled him out of the ambulance, firefighter Tony Valentine said he heard the baby make a little squeak and knew he was fighting for his life.

Dr. Hamid Movahhedian, a neo-natal specialist, and his team were waiting in the emergency room, thanks to a hospital protocol known as “Code Caleb,” which handles resuscitations when newborns are in a dire situation.The baby was “blue and having difficulty breathing,” Movahhedian said. Morgan credits the hospital’s response. “If that team wasn’t in place, this wouldn’t have had a good outcome,” he said.

And here’s the happy ending: Two months later Wells-Pestana brought her baby Zavier Stephan Morgan Prestana to the fire station for a reunion with most of the rescue team. The baby’s two middle names had been chosen to honor Fire Captain Glen Morgan and Firefighter-Paramedic Steven Choi.

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