Two heroic Kansas City officers’ were captured performing lifesaving CPR on the tiny infant by a police body camera.
Officers Richard DuChaine and Charles Owen responded to the home of Tajanea Allen last week when her 1-month-old daughter, Kamiyah, stopped breathing.
As cases of Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) surge among children in the U.S., two Kansas City police officers saw its effects firsthand and quickly jumped to action to save a 1-month-old’s life.
“It’s definitely a scary moment,” DuChaine said. He performed infant chest compressions and back thrusts for more than 30 seconds while Kamiyah was unresponsive — until she miraculously began breathing again.
“She’s breathing now,” one of the officers said on the body camera footage. “She is breathing.”
Kamiyah was later taken to an area hospital, where she stayed for nearly a week as she recovered from RSV.
You hear about RSV, but when you actually see it in person, it’s very scary,” Owen said.
RSV is a respiratory illness that causes mild, cold-like symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most people with the virus recover within a week or two, but it can be serious in infants and young children.
Sidney Cole writes about news happenings around the world.