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Infant CPR training helps MVPD officer save baby's life

A Mountain View patrol officer jumped into action earlier this week and helped save a choking infant. 

On Monday, Sept. 6 around 7:45 pm, our dispatch center received a call that a baby boy was choking outside the In N Out, located on the 1100 block of Rengstorff Avenue. 

One of our patrol officers, Officer Garcia, was in the parking lot across the street writing a report on a separate incident. He ran over to the In N Out and found the baby and his family outside. The baby was not breathing and was not moving. 

Officer Garcia quickly took the baby and began performing CPR. For several minutes, Officer Garcia did chest compressions and got the baby to begin breathing again. 

Mountain View fire personnel arrived on scene quickly afterwards and conducted follow-up medical care, ultimately helping to transport the baby to an area hospital for treatment. He has since been released and is back home with his family. 

“I am so proud of the quick actions that were taken to help this littlest Mountain View resident,” said Chief Chris Hsiung. “It is a good feeling to know we have someone like Officer Garcia ever ready to help our community in a time of need.”

While we have you, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone of how to perform CPR on infants, as it is different from how CPR is performed on adults. 

According to the American Red Cross, these are the correct steps that you can take should you have an infant choking in your presence:
-- Kneel beside the baby. (You can see in our still the officer held the baby firmly. This was due to the age of the infant – he is a newborn – so placing him on the ground could have caused bruising to his head.)
-- Push hard, and push fast. For infants, use one or two fingers to deliver 30 quick compressions that are each about 1.5 inches deep.
-- Give two rescue breaths. For infants, use your mouth to make a complete seal over the infant's mouth and nose, then blow in for one second to make the chest clearly rise. Now, deliver two rescue breaths.
-- Keep going. Continue the these baby or child CPR steps until you see obvious signs of life, like breathing, or until an AED is ready to use, another trained responder or EMS professional is available to take over, you're too exhausted to continue, or the scene becomes unsafe.