An official from the Customs and Border Protection of the United States reunited with a young woman he helped save six years ago at the country’s border with Mexico .
It was a cold winter morning on December 8, 2016, when Officer J. Lott was in the middle of a typically busy day at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, a major border crossing between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, In the USA.
As the harbor streets swarmed with travelers and officers inspecting their vehicles, Lott received an emergency call about a woman in distress.
A trained emergency medical technician, he found a pregnant woman who was going into labor inside her vehicle.
“I just trusted my training,” Lott said. “I knew that if I stayed calm, mom, dad and everyone around me would be calm, although deep down I didn’t want to fail them,” the agent said in a press release.
Baby Alexa Garcia was born breech, meaning her head was positioned to come out last, adding danger to the pressure of giving birth to a baby surrounded by chaos.
After she was handed over to her mother, despair increased as everyone realized that Alexa wasn’t breathing.
“She was really blue, she wasn’t breathing and she wasn’t responding,” Lott said. “I quickly gave her chest compressions and after about five or six she started crying. I was already on my knees. I remember saying to myself, ‘keep breathing baby, keep breathing please’”.
Just two months short of turning six, Alexa and Lott met again, this time in very relaxed circumstances.
“There wasn’t a dry eye in the room” at the San Ysidro Port of Entry when Alexa walked in, smiling as she walked over to Lott to give him a hug, according to the statement.
Accompanied by their parents and two brothers, and Lott, who was with his wife, the two families shared memories of that fateful day.
They also exchanged gifts. Lott received a framed photograph of himself holding Alexa the day he delivered it, and Alexa received a teddy bear in a Customs and Border Protection uniform.
“I believe God put an angel in our hands that day, that angel saved my wife and baby’s life,” Alexa’s father said during the meeting.
Source: CNN Brasil
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