Dr Oz: How To Do CPR on a Child
You may have heard the dramatic story of Pamela Rauseo who saved her nephew’s life after he stopped breathing when they were stuck in traffic on a busy Miami expressway. Dr. Oz sits down with Pamela, little Sebastian, and Sebastian’s mother to talk about what caused the 5-month old to stop breathing and how Pamela’s actions saved his life.
Dr Oz: Woman Saves Nephew’s Life While Stuck in Traffic
With the family’s permission, Dr. Oz shared images of the inside of Sebastian de la Cruz’s throat, which was covered in cysts that made it difficult for him to breathe. Dr. Oz explained how the cysts were blocking the baby’s throat, which is why he stopped breathing that day on the highway.
Pamela says it was a terrifying moment when she realized her nephew was not breathing, especially since they were in the middle of gridlocked traffic with no way to get out, so she immediately yelled for help and began giving him CPR. It is apparent through her tears that it is still very emotional for her to talk about the ordeal because at the time she says she truly believed he had died and she would have to tell her sister that her new son was gone. Fortunately, that is not what happened because Pamela’s quick instincts saved her nephew and he is doing fine today after spending two weeks recuperating in the hospital.
Dr Oz: How To Perform CPR
Dr. Oz says sharing this story and the photos attached to it is very important because the life any of us is mostly to save is that of someone we know and love, which is why he wanted to demonstrate how to perform CPR on an adult and on a child.
- Lay the person on a flat surface.
- With your arms out straight and hands one over the other, pump the person’s chest 100 times per minute. (For an infant, use two fingers to perform this action.)
- If you do not know CPR, continue pumping the chest until help comes.
- If you do know CPR, stop pumping the chest every 20 seconds and breathe fast two times into the person’s mouth while pinching their nose shut. (With a baby, you do not pinch the nose, but instead breathe into the nose and mouth at the same time.)
- Continue with chest compressions.
Dr. Oz says the most important thing is to keep going until help arrives because the goal is to keep oxygen and blood flowing through the victim’s body to keep them alive.