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Drivers rush to save unconscious baby on Miami freeway

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Pamela Rauseo, 37, giving her nephew CPR while Lucila Godoy, 34, stops to help. Pamela Rauseo, 37, giving her nephew CPR while Lucila Godoy, 34, stops to help.
Officer Bastidas comes to Rauseo's aid to perform CPR. Officer Bastidas comes to Rauseo's aid to perform CPR.
Lt. Alvaro Tonanez helps rescue the 5-month-old infant. Lt. Alvaro Tonanez helps rescue the 5-month-old infant.
Miami Fire Rescue takes the finally-breathing infant to a nearby hospital. Miami Fire Rescue takes the finally-breathing infant to a nearby hospital.
MIAMI, Fla. -

It was a sight that shocked motorists driving down a busy expressway in Miami Thursday afternoon—other drivers attempting to rescue a baby who wasn't breathing.

The Miami Herald reports traffic came to a complete standstill on State Road 836 around 2:30 p.m. after a woman stopped her car, got out and screamed for help while holding an infant that was turning blue.

Pamela Rauseo, 37, screamed for help for her five-month-old nephew who was born prematurely and had respiratory issues.

Rauseo was in a panic.

"My sister had trusted me with him," she told reporters.

Drivers immediately stopped to help Rauseo.  Lucila Godoy, 34, left her 3-year-old son inside her vehicle to help revive the unconscious infant, aiding Rauseo in performing CPR.

Al Diaz, a photographer for the Miami Herald, stopped right behind Rauseo and ran through lanes of traffic to get more help from a nearby police officer.

"I heard screaming, screaming that the baby can't breathe," Diaz recalled.

Officer Amaurius Bastidas ran to the scene and took over CPR for Godoy, performing chest pumps while Rauseo breathed into the baby's mouth.

"I lifted him up in the air, moved him up and down," Bastidas explained. "He started breathing and crying."

Soon after, though, the five-month-old stopped breathing again.

Rauseo, Godoy and Bastidas frantically started CPR for the second time, according to the newspaper.

The little boy finally began breathing again, but barely.

At that time, more help had arrived.  Two men, Capt. Anthony Trim and Lt. Alvaro Tonanez, both with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's hazardous material unit, jumped out of their separate cars while stopped in traffic.
 
They had just left a meeting and heard the emergency call over the radio.

"The aunt gave him the baby," Trim said of Tonanez. "He did a quick check and made sure the baby's airway was open."

Miami Fire Rescue arrived mere moments later and rushed the infant to the a nearby hospital, where a hospital spokeswoman said he was listed in stable condition Thursday evening.

*The Miami Herald contributed to this report.

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