HN PHOTOS: Early morning rescue… baby possibly not breathing…
HYANNIS – The report came in around 3:00 a.m. for a one-and-a-half year old having trouble breathing… and possibly currently not breathing, according to a radio transmission from police dispatch. HN was in the area and witnessed a Barnstable Patrolman race toward the scene, quickly locating the address and hustling into the home with a medical bag. Other police units, along with a Hyannis FD Rescue ambulance and engine company were also scrambling toward the address…
… but everyone was able to slow down a little when the first patrolman announced that the baby was currently breathing. (Which was music to everyone’s ears… and like magic, a number of people had a sigh of relief, mouthing in unison, “well, that’s good!”)
According to a source, the child had suffered from an ear infection earlier in the week. It was uncertain what caused this morning’s difficulty breathing, whether the child was having a reaction to medication or not… but one thing was certain, a trip to the hospital was warranted.
The child was conscious and alert prior to being carried into an ambulance and transported to Cape Cod Hospital for further evaluation.
HN NOTE: The above HN photos illustrate that it’s all hands on deck whenever anyone stops breathing… but when it’s a child, it seems to elevate the level of urgency. Many of our younger first responders have “tender age” children of their own. And it’s obvious that calls involving children touch the emotions of everyone a little bit “closer to home…” The fear is real, but so is the elation and relief when everything ultimately turns out okay.
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