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Porter County officer performs life-saving CPR on four-week-old baby

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VALPARAISO, Ind. (FOX 32 News) -

A family in northern Indiana is calling it their own little Christmas miracle. A four-week-old infant who had stopped breathing was revived by a sheriff's deputy, and is now recovering.

Shortly after midnight on Saturday, Shalonda Earl heard her grandchild Chyna gasping for air. Chyna was a preemie. She had arrived 8 1/2 weeks early, and this was just the baby's second night at home.

Shalonda had run a daycare center for 14 years, so she knew how to give CPR, while the baby's mother called 911.

"I began to give her small short breaths," Shalonda recalls. "And I started the compressions, and I'd say maybe, two or three minutes, she was revived."

Shalonda then decided to head for the hospital, but when she got to this intersection, she crossed paths with sheriff's sergeant Jeremy Chavez, who was rushing to her home.

"The sheriff, thank God for the sheriff, he was headed past me, and I jumped out, and flagged him down," Shalonda continues.

"I saw the baby in the car seat and her eyes were kind of rolled back in her head," Sergeant Jeremy Chavez with the Porter County Sheriff's Department explains. "And she was unresponsive. So at that point I grabbed the baby out, I immediately began doing chest compressions, could see that she had some type of white foam, or some type of liquid around her mouth, and I just continued to do chest compressions, eventually she did come to."

Sergeant Chavez says it was the first time he's given CPR to an infant, but he knew the compressions involved using just two fingers, to avoid breaking the baby's fragile bones.

"I just distinctly remember as I was doing it," he says. "I just kept thinking, this baby can't die, not here, not now, not four days before Christmas, in front of her mom, and like I said, I just said a little prayer, and I just kept doing the compressions, and finally, she came to."

After three minutes of CPR, paramedics arrived. Baby Chyna is still in a hospital in South Bend but is expected to be okay.

And grandma has a message for Sergeant Chavez:

"He actually gave us an early Merry Christmas, and helped to save my granddaughter's life," says Shalonda. "We're appreciative. God bless him."

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