When motorists on the busy Dolphin Expressway in Miami heard screams, some thought the horrific noise was coming from their car radios. What they saw next made their stomachs drop.
Imagine you are driving down the highway, playing mother for the day to someone else’s kid. Your sister’s. You are happily humming to yourself, watching the traffic go past and thinking about what you’re going to cook that cute little bubba for dinner.
You slowly realise that it’s awfully quiet, too quiet, as they say in the westerns. You glance in the rear view mirror and see your sister’s beautiful little boy. He is silent. He is blue. He is not breathing…..
Motorists on the Dolphin Expressway in Miami were left in shock last week after witnessing the aftermath of this exact scenario. What did they see? An aunty, blocking traffic, while trying to save her baby nephew’s life on the busy roadside.
Pamela Rauseo, 37, was driving along the road at 2.30pm on Thursday afternoon when she glanced back at five-month-old nephew Sebastian de la Cruz in the back seat. He wasn’t breathing.
Pamela quickly pulled over, partially blocking traffic in lane one. Motorists who were wondering why traffic had suddenly come to a standstill then heard bloodcurdling screams. They witnessed Pamela carrying the baby boy to the side of the road, screaming for help. She gently lay him on the roadside and began performing CPR.
As she desperately tried to revive him all she could think of was that she couldn't let anything happen to her nephew while he was in her care. “My sister had trusted me with him,” she told The Miami Herald.
It was then that some of the other drives sprang into action. Lucilia Godoy, 34, left her three-year-old son in the car to help Pamela revive Sebastian.
Photographer for The Miami Herald, Al Diaz, was one of the motorists caught in traffic. “I heard screaming,” he said. He then saw Pamela jump out of the car in front of him “screaming that the baby can’t breathe.” He got out of his car and started jogging through traffic to find more help. He located Sweetwater police officer Amauris Rastidas who ran to the frightening scene to help with CRP, performing chest pumps while his aunty breathed into the baby's mouth.