911 dispatcher helps dad give CPR to baby

October 15, 2011 9:34:20 PM PDT
A 911 dispatcher instructed a father how to perform CPR on his infant daughter after she stopped breathing.

It happened last Sunday while Brent Patterson was changing the diaper of his 3-week-old. The baby's mother made a frantic call to 911 saying, "I don't know, my infant is 3-and-a-half weeks old and isn't being responsive."

The dispatcher who received the call was 23-year-old Nick Risicato, who works out of the dispatch center in River Forest. He told Patterson, step by step, how to perform infant CPR.

On the 911 tape, Risicato said: "With the baby's head slightly tilt back, completely cover the baby's mouth and nose with your mouth, then blow two puffs of air into the lungs about one second each just enough to make the chest rise with each breath. Do you feel the air going in and out? Can you feel her chest rising?"

Patterson replied, "Yes."

Paramedics arrived at the home about 3 minutes after the first phone call and immediately transported the infant to Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park. She regained consciousness moments before arrival.

Elmwood Park Fire Chief Michael Marino tells ABC7 his firefighters and paramedics also did a great job saving the baby's life.

Baby Amelia remains hospitalized Saturday night.

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