Brownsville, Texas - An unexpected arrival at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge took place this past Saturday. A young woman arriving from Matamoros Tamaulipas, Mexico delivered her baby as an approaching CBP officer opened the door on the passenger side of the vehicle.
On Saturday, November 10, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen arrived at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge as a passenger in a vehicle; the driver informed the primary CBP officer that her passenger was about to have a baby. CBP officers reacted quickly and assisted with the delivery of a healthy baby girl. CBP officers took care of the mother and baby, CBP Officer Marvin Prazelini assisted the new mother as CBP Officer Jaime Padron kept the baby close to his chest to keep the crying baby girl warm until emergency medical services arrived at the port of entry.
CBP officers encounter hundreds of situations as guardians of our nation's borders. Assisting with the birth of a 6.9-pound baby is one CBP Officers Prazelini and Padron will most likely never forget.
Baby Jamie, named after CBP Officer Jaime Padron, who held her in his arms to keep her warm until EMS arrived at the port of entry, and her thankful mother are both in good health and are doing fine.
"You expect many things in our job, you expect the unexpected, you expect that you will serve and protect, but to protect a baby after only seconds of being born has been a great experience for me," said CBP Officer Jaime Padron, Brownsville Port of Entry.
"I assisted the mother, I wanted to make sure she was doing okay and I could see CBPO Padron was taking care of the baby and she was crying so I knew we were going to be fine," said CBP Officer Marvin Prazelini, Brownsville Port of Entry.
"The best outcome is one where at the end of the day everyone is okay, what needed to be taken care of was and we all get to go home. This time we all went home with a new person to think of and serve and protect," said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville Port of Entry. "Our CBP officers have gone above and beyond; they have demonstrated how working together we will overcome any obstacle, preserve and assist in any way, shape or form for the betterment of those we are sworn to protect. I'm proud of my officers in their quick thinking providing comfort and aid to the young mother and newborn baby girl."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.