Police officer steps in just in time to save baby's life

Darlington and Stockton Times: PC Tony Morton and Ruth Travis with Harry. PC Tony Morton and Ruth Travis with Harry.

A MOTHER has thanked a police officer after he saved her baby’s life while on patrol.

Ruth Travis’s baby Harry had gone limp in her arms at their home on Saturday and she ran outside panic-stricken with him in her arms to get help.

Luckily PC Tony Morton was passing in a marked police car and stopped.

He said: “When I saw baby Harry my heart sank, he was floppy, grey, his lips had turned blue and his eyes had rolled into the back of his head.

“I checked for a pulse but there was none, and I was aware there is very little time before brain damage starts to occur due to lack of oxygen, and knew I could not wait for an ambulance.”

He gave mouth to mouth and chest massage which revived Harry.

PC Morton added: “After a few breaths his eyes started to move and he miraculously began breathing on his own.

“I was amazed at how quickly he came round and within a few minutes he was wearing my yellow woolly hat and was wrapped in my police jacket.”

Ms Travis, of Selby, North Yorkshire, said : “I thought he was dead, although I am first aid trained, I was in shock and my first thought was to get help.

"I'm very grateful to Tony and I feel very lucky that he was there at the right time."

Harry, who had just celebrated his first birthday, was rushed to York District Hospital where it was found that he had suffered a fit caused by a high fever. He is now fit and well and back at home.

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5:45pm Wed 26 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

SALT OF THE EARTH , British Police.. An example to the FINEST Police Force in the world and backed by ****99 per cent of the historical British Public and don't let the 'chip on your shoulder 'Saddos' tell you otherwise.
SALT OF THE EARTH , British Police.. An example to the FINEST Police Force in the world and backed by ****99 per cent of the historical British Public and don't let the 'chip on your shoulder 'Saddos' tell you otherwise. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 13

9:52pm Wed 26 Mar 14

DarloTerrier says...

Febrile convulsion? Happened to my youngest daughter when she was about 1. Frightening, I thought she was dead. Its quite common in babies that age. Well done to the PC involved.
Febrile convulsion? Happened to my youngest daughter when she was about 1. Frightening, I thought she was dead. Its quite common in babies that age. Well done to the PC involved. DarloTerrier
  • Score: 4

11:16pm Wed 26 Mar 14

pandorica says...

I agree with both comments, I have a 2 year old and seen for myself what these febrile convulsions are like. And well done indeed to the PC, they get so much hassle and abuse, but never praised enough when they are keeping us all safe 24hours a day. I hope the Police Officer involved receives an award for this, worse case scenario when its a child, to stay calm and resuscitate the baby back to life is just outstanding!
I agree with both comments, I have a 2 year old and seen for myself what these febrile convulsions are like. And well done indeed to the PC, they get so much hassle and abuse, but never praised enough when they are keeping us all safe 24hours a day. I hope the Police Officer involved receives an award for this, worse case scenario when its a child, to stay calm and resuscitate the baby back to life is just outstanding! pandorica
  • Score: 2

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