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South Carolina Officer Resuscitates Premature Baby

December 06, 2007  | 

North Charleston, S.C., police officer David Campbell had just been involved in a foot chase that ended with him having to TASER a suspect who allegedly attacked another officer when the call came in.

A young woman had just called 911 dispatch and informed them that she was in labor and alone. She was only six months pregnant.

Campbell rushed to the woman's North Charleston home, and he was the first to arrive. The woman, 19-year-old Shanice Johnson, opened the door. She was half dressed and covered in blood.

The woman's tiny newborn baby lay on the floor. The umbilical cord and placenta were still attached, and the baby was not moving.

Campbell is trained in CPR. But CPR on an infant is tricky and this premature baby was only nine inches long and weighed less than a pound and a half.

Campbell's training officer had taught him how to resuscitate an infant. His training kicked in, and he breathed life into the baby until EMS arrived.

EMS rushed the baby and his mother to Medical University Hospital. The baby is now breathing on his own and doctors told the Charleston Post and Courier that he should be fine.

Shanice Johnson and her parents paid a visit to the police station on Wednesday to personally thank Campbell.

Campbell was also lauded by North Charleston Police Chief Jon Zumalt.

Campbell told the Post and Courier that he hopes to soon visit the baby in the hospital where he is expected to remain until February.

"You have to give a lot of credit to that little boy," he said. "He just came into this world, and he wasn't ready to go out just yet. He was a fighter and he's still fighting. God must have some sort of plan for him," Campbell said.

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