On January 28, in Queens, New York, a moment of terror turned into a miracle. A premature baby girl, Mikayla, was saved by Fernanda Avellaneda by performing CPR on the child.
Before giving birth, the child was three months early; she was due in the month of April. Mikayla’s mom, Alana Goins, a first time mom, considers her to be a miracle, after she had been left in a toilet for almost 15 minutes.
Junior, Hailey Hunsberger said, “This is really a miracle. The lady that saved this child should be majorly rewarded.”
When Mikayla started to arrive, Goins started to panic.
When it was announced that Goins was giving birth upstairs in her room, According to Daily News, Avellaneda called 911, then ran to the room herself.
Avellaneda said she reached the room and stated to bang on the door but heard only crying and frantic mumbling. Goins finally managed to open the door.
Avellaneda said, “She was crying and crying and crying. I couldn’t even make out what she was saying. I just understood ‘The baby’s in the toilet.’ So I went to the bathroom. And sure enough the baby was in the toilet.”
According to ABC News, Avellaneda started performing CPR after rescuing the tiny listless girl and placing her in the kitchen sink. After a few moments, she realized the baby was breathing on her own.
Sophomore, Jayla Smith said, “Mrs. Avellaneda is a strong woman, I don’t know how she managed to give CPR I’m still trying to figure out how the baby survived.”
An ambulance arrived and six FDNY paramedics took over, putting an oxygen mask on baby, wrapping her in aluminum blanket and rushing her to Elmhurst Hospital. Mikayla, recovered at the hospital with her mom.
Goins said, “I was shocked. I didn’t think I was going to have my baby at six months, I didn’t think the baby was going to survive. But she did, thanks to her!”