Oregon father saves blue newborn

Aug. 24, 2006 at 12:58 PM

CANBY, Ore., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- A 2-day old Colorado girl owes her short life to her father, who calmly followed a 911 operator's resuscitation instructions after a surprise home delivery.

Early Tuesday morning, Sharon Ellis, 27, went into labor in the bathroom of the couple's home in Canby, Ore., just hours after her doctor had predicted a Saturday delivery.

Her 29-year-old husband, Boe, assisted in delivering the girl, but the couple quickly realized she was too pale and gasping for breath, The Oregonian reported.

He called 911, and as an ambulance was dispatched, followed instructions on how to clear the tot's airway and gently massage her chest to stimulate blood flow. He also blew tiny puffs of air into her mouth and tapped on her feet when she began taking small breaths.

Paramedics arrived and after transporting mother and child to the hospital, credited him with saving the infant's life.

A day later, both were in stable condition, and the new mother told the newspaper she had learned something about her husband.

"I thought for sure he would have passed out in a situation like that," she said.

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