SAN DIEGO – A Caltrans maintenance worker didn’t hesitate when he was flagged down on the side of a local freeway this week by a pair of frantic women.
“I saw these two ladies screaming and yelling and holding a baby, and I pulled over,” Joe Thomas said.
Thomas had just finished up his day repairing potholes and was headed back to the Department of Transportation depot when he came across the vehicle on the right shoulder of the eastbound 54 near Interstate 5.
“I asked the grandmother ‘What’s the problem?’ and she said, ‘My baby is not breathing. He had a seizure and he’s not breathing,’” said Thomas. “He was foaming from the mouth and the nose, and he wasn’t breathing. He felt cold and his body was blue.”
Thomas said he immediately went to work. Holding the baby with one arm on his back, he started the compressions on the boy’s chest.
“Then I flipped him around, and I used two fingers under his chest area, and I kept pressing on that,” he said.
Thomas covered the child’s mouth and nose with his mouth and started blowing gentle puffs of air. That’s when fluid came pouring out of the little boy.
“He started gasping a little bit, and I kept on giving him air, and eventually he came to life.”
Moments later, paramedics arrived and took over.
Thomas recommends that all parents know how to do CPR.