SAN LUIS, Ariz. –— U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers working at the Port of San Luis resuscitated a nine-day-old baby girl who was not breathing when she arrived at the port of entry.
Sunday evening, Mexican authorities directed San Luis CBP officers to a vehicle attempting to enter the United States. A frantic 33-year-old U.S. citizen woman from Yuma, Arizona, in the vehicle told officers her baby was not breathing and was choking on her own tongue.
One of the officers began to perform CPR by administering soft chest compressions while another officer held the baby’s head back to open the airway. The baby slowly began breathing on her own accord and began to cry. Another CBP officer, who is EMT certified, continued with treatment until an ambulance arrived. The mother and baby were then taken to a local hospital for further treatment.
San Luis Port Director John Schwamm said this is just another example of how CBP officers are willing to protect and preserve the lives of citizens living in and passing through our border communities.
Each and every one of our Customs and Border Protection Officers are not only committed to preventing dangerous people and contraband from entering our country while facilitating lawful trade and travel,” he said. “They are deeply committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of the lives of everyone they encounter.
”I am extremely proud of all of our CBP Officers, the staff and the hard work they do each and every day. There are no words to express the happiness and comfort in saving the life of a child, and bringing back the joy, love and unity of a mother and her newborn child,” said Schwamm.
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.