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Total Strangers Stop to Help Distressed Baby on Miami Expressway

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A Miami woman got quite a scare when she was driving on the Dolphin Expressway Thursday afternoon and noticed that her 5-month-old nephew was turning blue. As traffic came to a halt on the expressway, she pulled over and jumped out of her vehicle, screaming for help. What happened next was nothing short of a miracle.

According to the Miami Herald, Pamela Rauseo, 37, was babysitting her nephew, Sebastian de la Cruz. The baby was born prematurely and had respiratory issues, Rauseo told the newspaper.

As Rauseo jumped from her car to seek help, Miami Herald photographer Al Diaz, who was traveling behind her, also exited his vehicle to run for more help. Another complete stranger, Lucila Godoy of Miami, 34, left her 3-year-old son in the car and also exited her vehicle to help resuscitate the baby, who was not breathing. Once police summoned by Diaz arrived on the scene, they took over CPR from Godoy and got the baby breathing.

"I lifted him up in the air and moved him up and down," Sweetwater police office Amauris Bastidas said. "He started breathing and crying." But the baby stopped breathing again, and they started another round of CPR.

Yet more police arrived on the scene, jogging through stopped traffic lanes, to assist. Finally, Miami Fire Rescue arrived and rushed baby Sebastian to Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was listed in stable condition Thursday evening, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

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