Newly released video footage from the Albuquerque Police Department shows Officer Martin Smith employing CPR techniques on a 7-month-old baby girl in an attempt to restore the infant’s breathing.
On Tuesday, Officer Martin Smith was dispatched to a residence where he encountered a 7-month-old baby girl who was unresponsive, reports ABC News.
The baby’s family watched in desperation as Officer Smith began performing CPR on the tiny infant. The police officer is seen rubbing the chest of the little girl as he attempted to make her start breathing again.
“I started rubbing on her chest and blowing in her face,” said Officer Smith as his lapel camera captured the entire event on video, “and she started coming out of it.”
Within a few moments, the baby responded somewhat, and Smith is overheard saying on the video, “There she is! Hi. How are you doing?”
However, the baby girl was still not responding properly, so Officer Smith continued tapping on the baby’s chest.
Finally, her eyes opened. “There you go! There you go!” Officer Smith said gratefully as he held the baby child in his arms.
According to a Facebook post published by the Albuquerque Police Department, “The officer continued to help the family remain calm while holding and talking to the baby until paramedics arrived.” The post also noted that the infant “was taken to the hospital and is doing great!”
Officer Smith also said that he would never ever forget this call. “Anyone who’s had that training would go into autopilot and start responding,” he said.
Diagnosed with a seizure disorder, the baby girl is now receiving treatment for this medical condition.
Here is the complete text of the Facebook post:
“May 14th just before 1 p.m. officers were dispatched to a home in the Foothills Area Command. Officer Martin Smith arrived and found an unresponsive baby and her distraught family. Officer Smith immediately performed CPR on the 7-month-old baby girl. He gave her light breaths and rubbed her sternum in an attempt to revive her. Within moments, the baby responded and began breathing on her own. The officer continued to help the family remain calm while holding and talking to the baby until paramedics arrived. The infant was taken to the hospital and is doing great!”