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2 heroic officers save 1-month-old baby with RSV who stopped breathing | Today

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Two Kansas City police officers witnessed the consequences of the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) outbreak on children firsthand and acted swiftly to save the life of a 1-month-old baby.

Last week, when Tajanea Allen’s 1-month-old daughter Kamiyah stopped breathing, officers Richard DuChaine and Charles Owen went to her house. Both officers are seen in the event captured on body camera giving CPR to the little newborn. The infant was so tiny, Owen said to TODAY, “she looked like a doll.”  DuChaine remarked, “It’s absolutely a scary moment.” While Kamiyah was unconscious, he applied newborn chest compressions and back thrusts for about 30 seconds before she miraculously started breathing once more. After being transported to a local hospital, Kamiyah had RSV treatment for almost a week. RSV cases in youngsters are rising in the U.S. The Department of Health and Human Services reports that more than 20 states have pediatric hospital beds that are 80% or more full. The increase in RSV cases, a recent spike in Covid cases, and a robust flu season, according to experts, could combine to form a “tripledemic” in the coming months. Doctors advise parents to regularly test their children for COVID-19 and the flu, get them both immunized, and to keep their kids home from school if they are feeling under the weather.



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