Santa Clara Co. Sheriff's deputy saves infant's life

Santa Clara County Deputy Chaeff with 17-day-old baby.

June 21, 2010 7:09:40 PM PDT
A Santa Clara County sheriff's deputy came to the rescue of a 17-day-old infant who stopped breathing this morning in Campbell.

Bernice Brown knew her daughter Isys was having trouble breathing on Moday morning.

"She was fighting real bad, she was coughing and trying to breath and couldn't get it out," she said.

Bernice's mom made a split second decision to put her daughter and granddaughter in the car.

"I know I should have called 911, but I didn't, I just wanted to get her to the hospital," Brown said.

The drive would have been just over two miles, but the three never made it. Just half a block from the home, the family spotted two Sheriff patrol cars parked outside a coffee shop.

Maria Aleman jumped out of the car and rushed in the diner. Two sheriff deputies heard her shout, "my granddaughter has stopped breathing."

"With what she was saying and the look on her face, it was complete terror," Deputy Michael Laddy from the Santa Clara Sheriff's Department said.

For the veteran deputies, there was not even a moment's hesitation.

Deputy Rick Chaeff first tried puffs of air and then thumps to the baby's back which seemed to unlodge mucus.

"Still wasn't breathing on her own. Gave her one more set of puffs and at that point she stopped being purple colored," he said.

Paramedics then rushed Isys to Valley Medical Center. A day that started with fear and panic ended with heroes and emotions hard to put into words.

"Thank you so much, I'm so grateful because if it wasn't for you I don't think she would have made it," Brown said.

At just two weeks old, Isys has already learned that when bad things happen, good people in the right place can make all the difference.


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