A Negros Occidental newborn would have died were it not for a medical team that performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR on the infant.
According to Adrian Prietos’ report on “24 Oras,” Dr. Enrico Elumba and his medical staff, composed of Paul Abraham Cortez and Benedict Hamla, did not give up until the newborn was revived.
The baby girl’s mother gave birth to her on Sunday night. She was almost declared dead as she was turning black and was no longer breathing.
“Nu’ng lumabas ang baby, ide-declare na sana ng isa naming staff kay doc na patay na. Pero lumabas si doc sa office niya at pumunta sa ER tapos nag-instruct sa amin na gawin ang CPR,” Cortez said.
Cortez said the 18-year-old mother had difficulty giving birth, which may be the reason why the newborn was not breathing.
“Kasi 18-years-old pa lang ‘yung nanay, parang pinipigilan niyang lumabas ‘yung bata kaya hindi na nakahinga. Makikita na sana ang baby dahil lumalabas na ang ulo niya,” he said.
Elumba immediately performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The baby then began breathing after almost 30 minutes of CPR.
The baby was named Enrica Paula, which was inspired by the doctor’s first name. — Joahna Lei Casilao/DVM, GMA News