At 1:25 a.m. on Monday, Glendale Fire Dept. received a call concerning a mother in labor. Firefighter paramedic Leslie Scott guided the mom to the floor assisted by paramedic intern Mike Sevillano. They instantly realized that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck and the baby was not breathing.
Immediately Scott worked to remove the cord from around the baby’s neck and delivered the baby. The paramedics cut and clamped the cord and immediately began suctioning the baby and then began chest compressions. The crew turned their attention to the care of the mother and getting them to the hospital. As the paramedics continued to provide medical aid to the mom and baby on the way to the hospital the baby’s color began to turn pink and he began to breathe on his own.
That same day, Sevillano conducted to the crew a company training on childbirth and neonatal resuscitation. They had just hours before discussed this exact scenario, so when the dispatch and the supplemental texts came in they were well-equipped to help baby and mom.
“We commend the E25 crew Derek Tamburro, Kevin Stockton, Leslie Scott, Jessie Castro and ambulance operators Edgar Arana, Zachary Polte, Karapet Emishyan and Jose Navarro for making sure this beautiful mom gets to hold her perfect little 1-day-old son in her arms today,” stated Anita Shandi, GFD spokeswoman.