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Comrade David McEvoy was recently
hailed as a hero, when he was able
to help save the life of a local
baby. The following story is from
the CBC on September 15, 2017.
David McEvoy and Geraldina
Carvelho both helped save the life
of a seven-week-old girl when they
spotted the baby in distress at the
side of the road Thursday.
Two local heroes who saved a
seven-week-old girl on the side of
an Ottawa road Thursday are urging
others to learn the same life-saving
Geraldina Carvalho was driving home
around 3:15 p.m. from her shift at
the Perley Rideau Veterans' Health
Centre when she saw a group of
people at the side of St. Laurent
Boulevard. A woman was holding a
baby, and something about the child
made her pull over. "When I went
close it was purple, I don't feel
his pulse, his heart was beating
very slow," she said.
Carvalho, a personal support worker,
started CPR. Shortly after, bylaw
officer David McEvoy, who happens to
be a CPR instructor, spotted the
scene and also pulled over. He took
over chest compressions on the baby
girl. "I ventilated, did the chest
compressions. It felt like forever,"
McEvoy said. The baby started to
move, and then she went limp again.
It took several rounds of CPR before
her chest began rising and falling
'I'm glad I stopped'
After emergency responders showed up
Carvalho and McEvoy went home. They
both watched the news anxiously that
night hoping for an update on the
baby's condition. Thanks to them,
she was ok. "I'm glad I stopped and
I did the right thing," said
The pair had never met before they
met at the side of the road, but
they said they share an inherent
need to help others. Now they want
to encourage other people to do the
same. They said the first step is to
learn first-aid skills. "It doesn't
matter if you just know a little bit
or a lot. Do something," McEvoy
said. "We did something and it made
a difference for parents today who
are able to hold their daughter."
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Each selection value between $22 - $25. Support 595 and take as many chances
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