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Kansas City Officers Save 1-Month-Old Girl Who Stopped Breathing Due To RSV Complications

Kansas City, MO – Bodycam footage captured the moment when two heroic Kansas City police officers saved the life of a one-month-old baby girl who stopped breathing last week.

Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) Officer Richard DuChaine and his partner, Officer Charles Owen, were out on patrol on Nov. 3 when they received a call that an infant located at a local residence had stopped breathing, the KCPD said in a series of tweets on Nov. 7.

Bodycam footage showed the officers as they pulled up at the family’s home and ran inside prior to emergency medical personnel’s arrival at the scene.

Once they got inside, the unresponsive baby’s father handed her over to Officer DuChaine, who immediately began performing infant chest compressions, the video showed.

Officer Owen told his partner to turn the baby over in his hand a moment later and to perform back thrusts.

“Come on, sweetie – come on,” Officer DuChaine said.

Moments later, the officers confirmed the infant had resumed breathing, the video showed.

“Thankfully, the baby started breathing again,” the KCPD tweeted. “DuChaine turned the baby on her side, and Officer Owen checked for obstructions.”

The baby girl, whose name is Kamiyah, was rushed to a local hospital, where doctors determined she was suffering from Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV), KCTV reported.

She remained hospitalized on a breathing machine on Monday, but her condition has steadily improved, Kamiyah’s mother, Tajanea Allen said.

“We always had that fear in the back of our head that, ‘Is what we’re doing enough? Is it going to be enough to bring her back?'” Officer DuChaine told Good Morning America. “Obviously, once we are able to bring her back, that was a huge sigh of relief.”

Officer DuChaine and Officer Owen were recently able to visit Kamiyah at the hospital.

“Richard DuChaine is a hero,” Allen told KCTV. “He saved my daughter’s life. I would do anything for that man. He saved my daughter and I’m very grateful for that.”

The KCPD also praised the officers for saving the baby girl’s life.

“Officer DuChaine and Officer Owen, thank you for your continued service to Kansas City,” the department tweeted.

Officer Owen said he and his partner don’t think of themselves as heroic and that they were just doing what they could to help someone who needed them, Good Morning America reported.

“We don’t feel like heroes,” he said. “We just feel like we did something good.”

“We don’t do this job to be called heroes,” Officer DuChaine added. “We do this job to preserve life and … just overall, just protecting the people of the city.”

Allen said Kamiyah has been released from the hospital and is now back at home with her family, Good Morning America reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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