How the Story of a Baby on the Expressway Restored My Faith in Humanity
Incredible photos document the baby who was saved on the Miami Expressway, thanks to the immediate response of strangers.
Picture your very worst fear for a newborn: he suddenly stops breathing. That’s just want happened to Pamela Rauseo as she was driving with her 5-month-old nephew on Miami’s Dolphin Expressway this week.
Leaping out of the car and yelling for help, other drivers immediately left their own cars (and in one case a 3-year-old) to help. CPR was administered, medics arrived, and the baby, who was born prematurely with respiratory problems, is now reportedly in stable condition at a Miami hospital.
The photos in the Huffington Post piece are amazing, thanks to the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who happened to be driving behind Ms. Rauseo—and was one of the first to help.
With three small children of my own, I’m beyond grateful to say we’ve haven’t even had a trip to the ER so far. I’m sure our time is coming, but for now, I’m just relieved. And when it does, I hope I’m surrounded by people like those on the Miami Expressway. These strangers who weren’t complaining that someone else’s baby was causing inconvenience. These strangers stopped everything, literally, and ran to help. These strangers saved that baby’s life, and that’s something you can bet his aunt will never, ever forget.
Sometimes my job as a part-time mom/part-time writer and consultant leaves me with too much time spent online, especially in the comments section. I read so often about parents—make that people in general—who think others aren’t doing it right. Petty slights like, “Why do your kid’s allergies mean mine can’t have a birthday cake?” And why can’t we all try to be a better breastfeeder like Gisele? And while we’re at it, could all of you who are brazenly breastfeeding in public just stop corrupting people’s ideas of what breasts are for? In the online world, people can be brutal.
That’s why I loved seeing something so wonderful right here on my laptop today. A scary situation was instantly solved thanks to the help of strangers. No one judged. No one sighed. Everyone helped—and the baby was saved.
I’d like to think I would’ve helped too, though I would probably have had all three car seats full of my own kids. Would I have jumped out anyway like one mom did? I can’t say for sure, but I remain amazed and inspired by those who did. Miami, you made my weekend. Heck, you made my week.
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