“I hear him, he’s crying”: on the phone, a firefighter helps a young father to resuscitate his newborn baby

In Charente-Maritime, a man helped his wife give birth on the side of the road and managed to resuscitate her baby, who could not breathe. The moving telephone exchange between the father of the family and the firefighters has been revealed.

Near La Rochelle, in Charente-Maritime, a young mother was forced to give birth on the side of the road at 3 a.m. Taken aback by the sudden arrival of their baby, the parents did not have time to go to the maternity ward. Immediately, the father of the family called the firefighters to call for help.

While waiting for them to arrive, the operator on the phone gave advice to the dad to help his wife give birth . Once the baby was released, the stress escalated: unable to breathe, the newborn did not cry out. To help him, his father had to follow the advice given by the operator, in order to resuscitate him.

The entire telephone exchange between the father of the family and the Sdis operator was recorded, then shared on Facebook by the firefighters . In the recording, the firefighter can be heard asking, “You put his head in your hand, turn him face down in your hand, and rub his back a bit, okay? Is he crying? » , then the father answered in a worried voice : « Not yet » .

Realizing that something was blocking the child’s airways, the firefighter advises the father to slip his little finger into the baby ‘s mouth , and suck out what was blocking his nostrils. At this moment, the mother picks up the phone and describes the gestures of her companion. After a few seconds of silence, punctuated by the couple’s anxious breathing, the baby’s cries are finally heard.

” So ! That’s it, that’s great! I hear him crying, it’s great! Ok, that’s great ,” exclaimed the firefighter on the phone, relieved.

Shortly after, the firefighters arrived on the scene and took charge of the child, safe and sound. The parents, for their part, warmly thanked the firefighters, without whom their baby would probably not have survived.

“Thank you to the operator for his commitment, his benevolence, his patience and his responsiveness ,” they said. Our incident made us realize how important the operators are just as much as the help arriving on site. Operators also save lives. Many thanks, thanks to you, our son is in excellent health. »

At Sdis 17, 170,000 calls are received each year by around sixty operators. Vital work that requires a lot of composure, and that saves lives.

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