OCEANSIDE (CBS 8) – Paramedics in Oceanside got a special visit Monday from the baby boy they helped bring back to life.
Zavier Pestana didn't have a pulse and wasn't breathing when he was born seven weeks early in an ambulance in December, but EMTs performed CPR and were able to resuscitate him.
It was a day Melissa and Paul Pestana will never forget.
"He actually dropped in the house, so I said go get some towels, we're going to deliver this baby right now," Melissa said.
On the morning of December 18, 2013, a 911 call was made. After assessing Melissa's condition, firefighters quickly decided to rush her to the hospital. Once she was put in the ambulance, baby Zavier came out within a matter of seconds.
"He literally flew out like a football," Melissa said.
Time was of the essence. The premature infant was born without a pulse.
"It was a real tough decision to make, doing CPR on this tiny little baby," Capt. Glen Morgan said.
For 10 straight minutes, Morgan did CPR on Zavier until he reached the hospital.
"You have to hold them in your hand and use two fingers to compress the chest," he said.
To make matters worse, the preemie was still facing yet another type of danger.
"He was still in the amniotic sac. The danger in itself it would be like trying to breathe with a dry cleaning bag over your face," Morgan said.
Firefighters managed to delicately removed the amniotic sac and arrive at Tri-City Medical, but wasn't until Zavier's umbilical cord was cut that he began to take his first breath. It was a miracle.
"I hope I get to see him walking his way up to the fire station on his way to school. His school is two blocks up. That'll be fun," Morgan said.