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Caltrans worker saves baby

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 Captureon 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.


15 Comments to “Caltrans worker saves baby”

    michele said:
    February 28, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Joe Thomas you are a hero. You saved that baby's life. Yeah!

    Ryan said:
    February 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Why were they on the side of the road?

      Stacy said:
      February 28, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      They probably pulled over once they noticed something was wrong with the kid..

    Tracy said:
    February 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    way to go!

    Jolynn said:
    February 28, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Very proud of you Joe! And I'm glad you are doing well. I will send this clip to my brother Duane…Take care…Jolynn

    Happy4U said:
    February 28, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Cool Story! Glad to see there are some good people left in this world.

    Peter said:
    February 28, 2013 at 10:25 AM


    sdGuy said:
    February 28, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Finally! Something great to hear on the news. Great Job Thomas!

    me109g4 said:
    February 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Nice job, I think your bosses should give you a few days off with pay. It might motivate others to participate in events like this.

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