San Ysidro, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro, Calif. port of entry yesterday morning saved the life of an infant.
At about 6:30 a.m., a 24-year-old woman carrying an infant arrived on foot through a vehicle lane and requested help from a CBP officer. The one-month old baby appeared to be choking, was pale, and was not breathing.
The CBP officer radioed for assistance and initiated CPR. Two CBP officers trained as medical first responders arrived and assisted with CPR and by placing a bag valve oxygen mask on the infant.
The San Diego Fire and Rescue Department Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived and took the newborn to a local hospital for further care. The port was later advised that the newborn was doing well.
"Due to the officers' swift action, this baby in distress resumed breathing," said Pete Flores, director of field operations for San Diego. "CBP officers remain vigilant at all times to respond to our community whether it be to keep bad things and people off of our streets or saving the life of a person in distress."
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.