Barnstable Dispatcher Helps Save 9-Week-Old Baby Boy On Christmas Day
BARNSTABLE (CBS) – A police dispatcher helped revive a 9-week-old boy who was choking on Christmas Day on Cape Cod.
Barnstable Police Officer Dennis Stampfl calmly gave instructions to a woman over the phone, who relayed them to the baby’s father, Jonathan Brooks.
“I have a nine week-old infant and he just stopped breathing,” Melanie Campbell, a family friend, said on the 911 call. “He’s like bright blue in the face.”
WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports
Campbell said the baby, Brandon Brooks, had vomited and then choked while he was eating.
“I started to think the worst, she told WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith. “Just stay calm and help them through it… so it’s a good outcome.”
Stampfl told them put the baby face-down on his father’s forearm and to give him five back blows between the shoulder blades. “We are going to try and get the stuff out of his mouth,” Stampfl told Campbell.
“I thought he was dead and there was no changing it, but I wasn’t going to stop,” Brandon’s mom Samantha D’Elia said.
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After Brooks performed two series of back blows, the boy began to cry.
“That is the one thing we want to hear,” Stampfl said. “Whatever was lodged in there we got out.”
Campbell then told Stampfl that the boy was starting to get his color back.
“He is breathing, he’s crying right now,” the woman said.
“Right there is the greatest thing ever you are going to listen to,” Stampfl said.
EMTs were on scene less than a minute later and Brandon was taken to Cape Cod Hospital for treatment of acid reflux syndrome.
“It’s a nine week old baby and we all have special feeling for children and I just wanted to make sure I could do whatever I could do to get the baby back to breathing,” Stampfl told WBZ-TV. “It was truly a Christmas miracle that the baby was alive and breathing.”