Baby's health scare ends happily thanks to Good Samaritans

March 17, 2013 8:41:23 PM PDT
The challenge of being a new parent can seem monumental and then fate throws something even more harrowing.

It was a story that played out on the streets of Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood as the parents of tiny baby ran for help and encountered police officers just when they needed them.

Helplessness is the worst feeling a parent can have.

Four-month-old Jordyn Rose was crying uncontrollably and having trouble breathing when her parents Kristen and Matthew Howath decided it was time to take her to the hospital.

But their neighborhood was swamped with St. Patrick's Day traffic. There wasn't a cab to be found.

"This girl is everything to us. When we say her acting the way that she was, it just scared us beyond belief," Jordyn Rose's father Matthew Howath said.

"We were about to start running down Michigan Avenue. We couldn't get a cab. We didn't know what to do," Jordyn Rose's mother Kristin Creed said.

Across the street, at the Talbott Hotel, doorman Dwayne Neff saw what was going on.

"She was yelling 'My baby is sick. I need a taxi. I need something right away,'" Neff said.

Neff sprinted down the street to catch up with Chicago police officers Michael Seiser and Karen Wojcikowski. Proper protocol demands that the officers call an ambulance but with so much traffic, and the baby's condition worsening there was no time to lose.

"When the tongue started to swell, I was afraid that the child's throat was starting to constrict and to close," Seiser said.

The officers drove them to Northwestern Memorial Hospital a few blocks away.

In the end it all worked out and the proud parents celebrated their baby's christening at the Talbott Hotel Sunday.

"We were there at the right time. They came up to us, we got them to the hospital and the baby is being baptized today. Is that divine intervention or what?" Wojcikowski said.

Doctors still don't know what was wrong with baby Jordyn Rose but believe it may have been a food allergy.