The employees of the Kia dealership in Topeka, Kansas proved they are real life superheroes when they managed to save a 2-month-old baby facing sure death.
Courtney Gentry was at the car dealership with her baby Oakley, two months old at the time, and fiancé Jake Rosebrough. Gentry took the baby out to her car to feed her as her fiancé was finishing some paperwork regarding a vehicle purchase. She had barely put baby Oakley in her car seat and sat on the driver’s seat when she heard strange gurgling sounds coming from the back seat. On turning back she could see her baby’s face turning purple and that she could not breathe.
“The mother came running inside screaming, ‘My baby, my baby!’ And natural instinct just kinda hopped in,” said Josh Kennedy, an employee at the dealership said while recalling the incident.
Receptionist, Kegann Gideon, immediately took action, putting baby Oakley on the table and performing CPR on it. He said, “She was not breathing, and there wasn’t a pulse either.”
Gentry said in that moment she felt helpless. “All I kept thinking was, ‘I cannot lose her,’” she added.
The baby was straight away taken to a hospital and sent for tests according to a GoFundMe page set up by Doug Gentry, Courtney’s dad.
Baby Oakley was diagnosed with a rare heart condition, Tachyarrhythmia Ventricular Fibrillation, causing her to go into cardiac arrest.
Gentry said, “Her beats could go almost upward of 250 beats-per-minute. She went into cardiac arrest at the dealership. What they think was going on was she was born with ventricular fibrillation which is V-Fib, and it’s a rare life-threatening heart-rhythm that caused the heart to have a rapid misfiring heartbeat.”
She added further, “I couldn’t have been more thankful that we were still there, because if it had been just seconds longer we would’ve been leaving,” Gentry said.
She and her family are very grateful for the employees who saved her baby’s life, adding that they were at the right place at the right time during the emergency.
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The employees quick thinking and action towards baby Oakley helped save her life.
This comes as a lesson for everyone to know how crucial CPR is in saving someone’s life.