Eversource power company crew resuscitate unconscious baby in Norfolk
NORFOLK — Two Eversource power company workers are being hailed as heroes this morning after stopping to perform CPR on a baby found not breathing following an apparent bathing accident.
Norfolk Fire Chief Coleman Bushnell said the two workers were in their vehicle on their way to a job about 9 a.m. when they saw a woman carrying an unconscious infant from a house on Park Street.
The duo, led by Antino Depina, stopped and Depina administered CPR to the 11-month-old girl who began breathing again.
A rescue crew then responded to the scene, Bushnell said. The child was taken by paramedics to Norwood Hospital where she was treated and latere transferred to Boston Children’s Hospital.
Bushnell said the electric company crew arrived at the perfect time.
“Mr. Depina said he had just stopped to buy a lottery ticket,” the chief said. “He told me, ‘I don’t think I’m going to scratch it, just keep it as it is’.”
The other member of the electric crew who stopped to help was Chuck Dwyer, Bushnell said.
Bushnell said it’s believed the baby had fallen while in the bath tub. He declined to release the name of the mother or other details.
“This incident speaks volumes for the thousands of people who take time to learn the most important life saving skill, CPR,” Bushnell said in a press release emailed to The Sun Chronicle. “National studies always point to enhanced patient outcomes when CPR is administered immediately following a cardiac or respiratory event.”
The chief also commended Eversource saying, “The corporate communities have long demonstrated their concerns for ensuring employees are trained in CPR, if for nothing else to protect employees on the job. This incident clearly demonstrated how such businesses that identify the need to provide CPR training can and will save lives.”
Bushnell said that without the intervention by Depina, the outcome could have been more serious.
“A life was given a chance this morning in Norfolk solely because a person was trained and able to perform under terrible circumstances, this man and his co-workers were true heroes,” Bushnell said.
This article originally appeared in The Sun Chronicle: http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/eversouce-power-company-crew-resuscitate-unconscious-…
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