Miami baby saved in roadside rescue

Miami baby saved in roadside rescue

Credit: Al Diaz / Miami Herald)

Pamela Rauseo, 37, performs CPR on her nephew, five-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, after pulling her SUV over on the side of the road along the west bound lane on Florida state road 836. (Photo: Al Diaz, Miami Herald)

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by Jolie Lee / USA TODAY Network

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Posted on February 21, 2014 at 11:09 AM

MIAMI -- A miraculous roadside rescue of a five-month-old baby who had stopped breathing twice was captured in photos.

Here's what happened, as told through Miami Herald photographer Al Diaz photos:

Pamela Rauseo, 37, stopped her SUV on Thursday while heading westbound on Florida state road 836. Diaz was in his car behind Rauseo and heard screaming, he said.

"I look up and the woman pops out of the car with the baby in her arms," Diaz told USA TODAY Network.

Diaz said he did not know how to do CPR, so he started running toward cars stuck in traffic to find someone who knew how to resuscitate baby Sebastian de la Cruz.

Lucila Godoy, 34, of Miami left her three-year-old son in her car to help Rauseo, the Miami Herald reports.

Diaz said he was also able to flag down a police officer. Soon other officers who were stuck in traffic as well had arrived on the scene and the baby had started breathing, Diaz said.

When it seemed the situation had calmed down, Diaz said he decided to get his camera from his trunk and document the rescue.

When Diaz started shooting photos, the baby stopped breathing again.

Rauseo then performed CPR on her nephew a second time, Diaz said.

"The hero in this story is Pamela," Diaz said. "She's the one that saved the baby."

Rauseo said her nephew was born prematurely and has respiratory issues, the Herald reports.

The baby was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital and was listed in stable condition Thursday morning, the Herald reports.

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