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Bell County Sheriff’s Deputy successfully performs lifesaving measures on 14-day-old infant

Posted at 3:29 PM, Jun 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-23 01:46:40-04

BELL COUNTY — “I never experienced anything quite as experienced as that, ever,” said the foster mother.

It was a shocking Monday for a local foster mother, when a 14-day-old baby in her car suddenly turned blue and unresponsive while on the road.

“She wasn’t breathing right. Very shallow breaths short breaths. Kind of pale looking,” said foster mother.

The foster mother, whose identity we can’t show, said she started to head toward the ER but also called 911. The dispatcher told her to pull over and begin CPR.

“The dispatcher started walking me through telling me how to or telling me how to do CPR,”said said the foster mother. “ About that time Deputy Sean Hearns did pull up and immediately took her and started doing and started doing CPR on her.”

Deputy Sean Hearns sprang into action performing CPR on the infant for 9 minutes until EMS arrived. Health professionals say that is no easy feat.

“They are so much smaller and they break easier. It would absolutely be less strenuous and giving chest compressions and give much less volume,” said Texas A&M University-Central Department of Nursing Director & Chair Amy Mersiovsky.

That nine minutes felt like a lifetime to the Foster Family.

“I was in complete panic mode absolutely just absolutely terrified. Our other children they were right there they were very terrified,” said the foster mother.

Once EMS arrived, the young infant's lungs filled with are and breathing began to normalize.

“People who don’t often perform CPR have to because training is every other year. We know that a lot of the scale is lost in between that time. So, for him to do what he did is just amazing,” said Mersiovsky.

The little girl was transported to a nearby hospital, the foster mother said now she feels like she too can finally breathe again.

“I wholeheartedly believe he is the reason she is here with us now. He saved her life,” said the Foster Mother.

Call it quick thinking by one of Bell County’s finest.

On Monday, June 21, 2021, Deputy Shawn Hearn with the Bell County Sheriff's Department responded to a call from a foster mom who said her 14-day-old baby had turned blue and was unresponsive while traveling in a vehicle.

The foster mom was able to pull over to call 911 and Deputy Hearn, who was close to her location, was able to quickly respond.

Once on the scene, Deputy Hearn began performing CPR on the infant and continued to do so for nine minutes until EMS arrived on the scene.

Once in the ambulance, the infant began breathing on her own and was transported to the hospital for further treatment.

Before EMS left the scene, and after the infant was turned over to paramedics, Deputy Hearn continued to comfort the foster mother.

The foster mother has since reported the infant is doing well and breathing on her own.