Hospitals are becoming overwhelmed. Not with COVID patients, but with children battling RSV or respiratory syncytial virus.
Today reported on November 8th that The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia had been “at or above capacity for three weeks, and unprecedented patient volumes are causing wait times and capacity issues far beyond what staff could’ve imagined.”
Parents across America are watching their children battle this virus and recently, one child almost lost that battle.
Thank God for Officers Richard DuChaine and Charles Owen who saved the life of the one-month-old baby girl.
According to FaithWire, “Kamiyah Allen was born 34 weeks premature and her mother, Tajanea, says that on the morning of the incident she was acting strangely and suddenly stopped breathing. She called 911.”
Mom’s quick thinking alerted first responders and both officers arrived at her home.
Today stated that both officers jumped into action and performed infant CPR on the little one who “looked like a doll” she was so small. The incident was recorded on the officers’ body cam recorders.
Kansas City Missouri Police Department posted the footage to their Facebook page.
“That’s my hero. He saved my daughter,” the parent said. “I will do anything for that man, he saved my daughter and I thank him for that.”
“‘It’s definitely a scary moment,’ DuChaine added. He performed infant chest compressions and back thrusts for more than 30 seconds while Kamiyah was unresponsive — until she miraculously began breathing again.”
Kamiyah was in the hospital recovering from RSV for a week.
“RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Most people [with the virus] recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults.”
Police officers, who are so often first on scene for these types of medical emergencies, aren’t recognized enough for their quick action. They need to know much more than the basics of law enforcement.
It’s wonderful to witness a situation where the community had faith in their officers to act. We’re thankful that KCMPD shared the footage of this example of the everyday heroism typical of many of our first responders.
Kamiyah’s mom, Tajanea Allen told WDAF-TV, “I knew that he was going to make sure that she was going to be okay.”