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Drivers Scramble to Save Preemie Who Stopped Breathing On Miami Expressway

| by Emily Smith

Traffic came to a halt Thursday night on the Dolphin Expressway in Miami when a woman jumped out of her vehicle and cried for help, yelling that her 5-month-old nephew wasn’t breathing.

Driving behind 37-year-old Pamela Rauseo was Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Al Diaz, who jumped out of his own car to help and capture the moment.

“As a photojournalist you want to capture these images,” Diaz said, “but as a human being you want to get help.”

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A police officer saw a young black couple drive by and pulled them over. What he did next left them stunned:

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Rauseo performed CPR as Diaz ran through traffic and found Officer Amauris Bastidasy. Bastidasy then located Rauseo and took over her CPR efforts.

Capt. Anothony Trim and Lt. Alvaro Tonanez of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s hazardous materials unit also joined in.

Bastidasy managed to get the 5-month-old breathing, only to be tasked with the effort again when he stopped for a second time.

According to Rauseo, the child had been born prematurely and suffered from breathing problems.

The child was breathing again when emergency responders arrived and took him to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he is in stable condition.

Sources: The Huffington Post, NY Daily News