DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – A Danville police officer is being credited with saving a baby’s life.
The Danville Police Department posted to its Facebook page that Officer Melissa Carey was eating lunch on August 13th at Nikki’s Family Restaurant when a waitress came over asking for help. A two-week-old baby had been asleep in his carrier at the restaurant when the child’s mother noticed he had stopped breathing.
“His face was bloodshot and starting to turn blue,” says Melissa Carey, a 12-year veteran with the Danville Police Department.
Carey rushed to the aid of the two-week-old boy.
“The great grandmother of the infant was holding Lucas so I took Lucas from her, and turned him over in my arms,” says Carey.
The moments were captured on restaurant video. The scene was described by many as chaotic, but Carey remembers hearing only one thing.
“I’m sure with all the people that were there, and it’s a busy restaurant, that there had to be commotion and conversations and stuff going on. But I never heard any of that. All I could hear was this woman standing there praying, and I could hear her prayers, and I guess that just guided me along,” says Carey.
After Carey’s life-saving efforts, two-week-old Lucas began breathing again.
“Just blessed to be used by God at the right place at the right time,” says Carey.
Much of the Danville community, including Nikki’s Family Restaurant employees, are thankful for the efforts of all involved.
“People here are just loving and caring, and we’re all just one big family, so seeing something like that happen, it just made my spirits happy,” says Tiawan Torain, a waitress at Nikki’s Family Restaurant.
Carey has received much gratitude for her actions, but there’s one person whose praise has special meaning. Her dad commented on the Danville Police Department’s Facebook post to say just how proud he was of his daughter.
“I’m dad’s girl,” says Carey. “I guess daughters always strive to make their daddies proud, but my dad always tells me how proud he is of what I do and who I am. So it melted my heart, that’s for sure,” she says.
The Danville Police Department tells us that baby Lucas is still at the hospital being monitored, but appears to be doing okay.
Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that the Heimlich maneuver was performed. The Danville Police Department has clarified that back blows were used on the infant in accordance with first aid training.