NEWARK, NJ (AP) – A security guard jumped over the rollers of the conveyor belt and rescued a 2-month-old boy who stopped breathing at a security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, according to a recently released video.
The images, released by the U.S. Transportation Safety Administration on Thursday, show TSA officer Cecilia Morales going into action to resuscitate the child on December 9 after his mother picked him up from a door. -car and noticed he was not breathing.
Morales, an EMT who has been a TSA officer for about two months, told the agency she performed the infantile version of the Heimlich maneuver, placing the baby face down on her arm and patting her back to make him breathe again.
It was the first time she had applied the technique on an infant, she said. A pediatric paramedic arrived shortly after to give the baby oxygen. A TSA spokesperson said the agency did not know what caused the baby to stop breathing.
“I saw the video afterwards,” Morales said. “It was the first time I saw myself in action, saving a life. It was breathtaking to watch. I felt that my training and my experience were taking over.
“Two months on the job and she’s literally a lifeline,” Thomas Carter, TSA’s federal director of security for New Jersey, said in a statement. “The quick reaction and actions of Agent Morales made it possible for this family to have a very happy holiday season. His actions were inspiring.