Dramatic roadside images capture the moment first responders saved baby's life after he turned blue in car gridlocked on highway
- Five-month-old Sebastian stopped breathing while in aunt's car
- Police officer and fire crew stuck in traffic rushed to help perform CPR
- Baby Sebastian is now recovering in hospital
Daily Mail Reporter
21:41 EST, 20 February 2014
23:08 EST, 20 February 2014
When a five-month-old baby stopped
breathing while being driven along a Florida highway on Thursday there
was plenty of help at hand.
Pamela Rauseo pulled over and screamed for someone to help her nephew,
Sebastian, a police officer and two firefighters who were stuck in
traffic rushed to her aid.
a twist of fate, award-winning photojournalist Al Diaz was also in the
traffic hold up, and captured a series of dramatic pictures showing the
emergency crews saving the baby's life.
Heroes: Police officer Amauris Bastidas holds
baby Sebastian close, as driver Lucila Godoy, right, comforts the baby's
aunt, Pamela Rauseo
Emergency: Pamela Rauseo performs CPR on her baby nephew after he stopped breathing in her car
Sebastian, who suffers
from respiratory problems after being born prematurely, had started to
turn blue as Ms Rauseo drove along a highway at 2.30pm.
She quickly pulled over and lifted him from the car, screaming for help.
Diaz, who works for the Miami Herald, said he heard a woman 'screaming that the baby can't breathe'.
The photographer then
took a series of dramatic pictures showing fellow motorists and
emergency workers who were on their way to work rushing to save the
One of the first
on the scene was Lucila Godoy. Leaving her three-year-old son in her
car, Godoy rushed to help as Rauseo performed CPR on her nephew.
Rescue team: Police officer Amauris Bastidas, left, and two emergency workers lean in as the baby starts to breathe
Relief: Alvaro Tonanez of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue checks the baby's airway is clear
Comforting: Officer Bastidas holds baby Sebastian close as he watches paramedics arrive
As the women tried to resuscitate baby Sebastian, Diaz ran through the stopped traffic to try to search for more help.
Diaz alerted police officer Amauris Bastidas, who rushed in to take over performing CPR.
'He started breathing and crying. Then he started not breathing again,' Bastidas said.
Just as the baby started to breathe again, more help arrived after Anthony Trim and Alvaro Tonanez from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue heard the emergency call while stuck in traffic.
rescue workers were able to keep Sebastian breathing until paramedics
arrived. The baby is said to be in stable condition in hospital.
In safe hands: A paramedic carries Sebastian into an emergency vehicle so he can be taken to hospital