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999 phone instruction saves baby

1st May 2012

A three-day-old baby who stopped breathing and turned blue was saved by the instructions of a 999 operator who told her parents how to perform CPR and by paramedics after she suffered two more arrests on the way to hospital.

The baby's parents dialled the emergency number and were given "effective and excellent CPR instructions", according to Andi Parker, an emergency care practitioner for the South Central Ambulance Service. Her parents said in a statement: "We are absolutely amazed with the support we were provided with by the NHS beginning with the labour ward in Winchester, continuing three days later with the lady who took our 999 call and instructed us on CPR, the ambulance crews who attended Leokadia, the High Dependency Unit at Southampton General Hospital and lastly with the midwife care we received in Southampton and Chandlers Ford."

 

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