Or­lando fire­fight­ers

Orlando Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Caitlin Doorn­bos

re­unite with Ni­cholas, the new­born they saved in Au­gust af­ter he sud­denly stopped breath­ing.

It was a happy re­union Thurs­day morn­ing when Mon­ica Street and her in­fant son re­turned to the Or­lando Fire Department sta­tion where the baby was brought back to life.

Ni­cholas Craig sud­denly stopped breath­ing about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 30. Street tried call­ing 911, but as she watched her child turn blue, she de­cided it would take too long for an am­bu­lance to ar­rive.

In­stead, she ran bare­foot down 18 floors of the 55 West high-rise apart­ments — the el­e­va­tor was too slow — and rushed across the street to bang on the back door of Or­lando Fire Sta­tion 1 at 78 W. Cen­tral Blvd. She breathed into his mouth, at­tempt­ing CPR the whole way.

“You breath­ing for him, that was his sav­ing grace,” fire­fighter Phillip Cada told Street. “You gave us a bet­ter chance at sav­ing him.”

The fire­fight­ers took lit­tle Ni­cholas — just 26 days old at the time — to the ve­hi­cle bay where am­bu­lances held the med­i­cal equip­ment needed and placed him on the ground to con­tinue re­sus­ci­ta­tion ef­forts.

They worked. The baby started breath­ing on his own and de­vel­oped a pulse again. Then fire­fight­ers took mother and child to Arnold Palmer Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren, where he stayed for two weeks, she said.

On Thurs­day, Street, 25, came back to Sta­tion 1 to show off Ni­cholas to the fire­fight­ers who saved his life. The tall, brawny men cooed as they held the tiny baby.

“It’s been 17 years since I’ve done this,” said Lt. Tim Capps, the fa­ther of a teenager.

Ni­cholas suf­fered from a pos­si­ble bac­te­rial in­fec­tion or com­pli­ca­tions from re­flux, Street said doc­tors told her. He was re­leased from the hos­pi­tal this week, and Street said he’s back to be­ing a “nor­mal baby.”

Street, who has three other chil­dren, said she was grate­ful for the fire­fight­ers’ ef­forts.

“That was the worst day of my life,” Street said. “He is my last baby. I didn’t want to have him and then have him leave.”

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