POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Okla. — A 911 call revealed the heart-wrenching moments a young Pottawatomie County mother thought she was losing her baby.
Now she is praising a dispatcher for helping save her daughter’s life.
On Aug. 3, a mother’s biggest fear became a reality for Cheryl Stowe.
Her one month old stopped breathing in her sleep.
“It’s hard to explain. It’s the scariest moment of my whole life. Seeing her not breathing,” Stowe cried.
Stowe immediately called 911. While she waited for paramedics to arrive, dispatcher Stephanie Brewer stayed on the line trying to keep the young mother calm.
With the mission to keep baby Elizabeth alive, Brewer gave Stowe step-by-step instructions on how to perform CPR.
“I want you to blow two puffs of air into her lungs about one second each. Just enough to make the chest rise with each breath,” you can hear Brewer tell Stowe in the 911 call.
After two breaths and a couple of compressions the infant began to cry. Stowe said it was the sweetest sound she will ever hear.
“I got really teary-eyed and shaky too. I mean I have three boys of my own,” Brewer said.
Thanks to their teamwork, Elizabeth is now two-months-old and as healthy as ever.
“I’m thankful for Stephanie. I really am. If it wasn’t for her, I don’t think Elizabeth would be here right now,” Stowe said.
Doctors believe they prevented an episode of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
It is the unexplained death of infants that usually happens during sleep.
Right now, baby Elizabeth is hooked up to a machine that monitors her breathing.