Border Patrol paramedic revives 2-year-old

TUCSON, Ariz. - A Border Patrol paramedic helped to revive a two-year-old who experienced a medical emergency Sunday evening.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, agents leaving the Tucson station encountered the child and her mother near the intersection of Golf Links and South Swan roads.

The first agent on the scene learned the child suffered a seizure and was not breathing. Agent Michael Meshirer, a paramedic, was then called in to provide medical assistance.

"I heard EMT, and I heard no breathing," he said, speaking about what he heard on his radio. "This is what we train to do. I jumped out and [said], lets have a look, lets see what needs fixing."

CPD says Agent Meshirer removed the child from her car seat to help clear her airway of mucus and saliva. He then assisted with the child's breathing and consciousness.

"Secure the airway, open the airway," he said. "I would flick the bottom's of her feet, I'd rub her back, and I believe the seizure lasted for about 10 minutes. When it stopped, she started to breathe on her own again."

Additional medical technicians then arrived and the child was then transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

“When professional medical care is initiated prior to our arrival, the immediate care is priceless for the patient, increasing their chances for a positive outcome,” said Tucson Fire Department Captain, Andrew Skaggs. 

 

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