A Los Angeles County deputy has been credited with saving a 7-month-old baby’s life.
Arjelia Lorenzo-Calleja was driving in La Puente on Nov. 16 when she noticed that her baby, Sebastian Bernal, was unresponsive, KTLA reported. She immediately called 911 for assistance.
"My baby! ... My baby's not breathing," Lorenzo-Calleja is heard telling the emergency dispatcher in audio of the 911 phone call that was released.
Deputy Erik Nava was patrolling the area at the time and responded to the call in a matter of seconds. He immediately sprang into action and began performing CPR on the child until additional personnel arrived.
Nava’s efforts were quickly rewarded, as the child began breathing on his own after just a few minutes. The baby also regained color in his face, a news release stated.
Baby Sebastian continued to show signs of improvement after paramedics arrived. He was taken to a nearby hospital for observation, sheriff’s officials said.
Lorenzo-Calleja said her son suffers from a pre-existing pulmonary condition and has difficulty breathing at times. The mother, who is a nurse, said she was so panicked at her son’s condition that she called 911.
Nava was recognized for his actions during an appearance at the sheriff’s Industry Station on Nov. 23. He stood alongside the baby he saved and the boy’s mother.
The Deputy, who has a 7-month-old baby of his own, said he would never forget baby Sebastian. He said he constantly called the hospital to check in on him.
“I'm just a deputy that signed up to do this,” Nava said, adding that the attention he’s received for his actions is “overwhelming.”
“I feel grateful and blessed,” Lorenzo-Calleja added.