It’s a parent’s worst nightmare, and if it weren’t for one man who happened to be in the right place, at the right time, it would have become a reality.
While walking through a Target parking lot, 25-year-old Ricky Williams and his girlfriend couldn’t help but hear desperate pleas from a nearby distressed woman. They rushed over to her to see if there was any way they can help her.
“She’s like, ‘Oh my god. Oh my god. My baby is not breathing,’” Williams told KRNO4 News. As a police recruit in training, Williams thought he might be able to help. However, he’d only performed CPR on a dummy in class before, never on an actual person.
“His lips were very blue. His tongue was blue, not breathing at all,” Williams said.
It was time for police recruit Ricky Williams to put his training to the test. The frantic mother handed him her limp infant, and he started to perform CPR on its tiny two-month-old body.
He put the baby in the back seat of the woman’s car and began doing chest compressions. “I was not sure it was going to work. They tell us it will work and you’re just not sure,” Williams said while speaking to KTVU 4.
But after several cycles of resuscitation, and after about one minute, he felt a pulse.
“Slow but surely, the baby started coming back to life. He started flexing his muscles a little bit, attempting to cry, and then eventually to a full-out cry.”
The baby was alive, and Williams urged the mother to rush the infant to the hospital as quickly as possible.
Because of the training that Williams received at the academy, he was able to save the life of a 2-month-old infant in a Target parking lot.
Initially, he didn’t expect the baby to live because he didn’t know how long it hadn’t been breathing. And even if he were able to get a pulse and wake the baby back to consciousness, there was a chance permanent damage had already been done.
Fortunately, the baby is expected to be all right. Evaluations in the hospital revealed no permanent damage, although the cause of the medical emergency is still unknown.
Williams drew praise from the top cop in the San Francisco Police Department, Chief Greg Suhr. “Recruit Officer Williams’ immediate response is exactly what I expect from our officers and those training to become San Francisco’s finest,” Chief Suhr said in a prepared statement.
“I believe that we’re here for a reason. Everything happens for a reason. I was supposed to be there, at that moment, to help that baby,” said Williams.
At the time of the incident, Williams was only a few weeks away from graduating from the police academy. The encounter and the positive result has given him all the confidence in the world in his training. “In a high-stress situation, I couldn’t fall back on anything but my training here,” Williams said.
While people have been quick to call Williams a hero, he says that’s not the case. He says he was just doing what he was trained to do. “Right place, right time,” he said.
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