CALEXICO, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on Monday delivered a baby girl at the Calexico East port of entry.
“This is truly an outstanding depiction of the humanitarian side of our officers, as well as their ability to retain their composure under pressure when faced with an emergency medical situation occurring in a busy port of entry setting,” said Area Port Director David Salazar. “Being prepared and having officers equipped with basic first responder skills enabled this young woman to deliver a healthy baby girl.”
At around 10:15 a.m., on Aug. 27, CBP officers received a radio call to assist a 25-year-old United States citizen, who was about to give birth while in a vehicle parked in the inspection lanes. Within minutes, a CBP officer trained as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), responded to the scene and began providing medical assistance to the woman and delivered a healthy baby girl.
Soon after, emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and provided assistance to the woman and the newborn. They later transported the mother and baby to a local hospital.
CBP officers trained as medical first responders assist travelers with a multitude of medical emergencies from travelers in serious distress to those with minor injuries.