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Revived Baby Still in Critical Condition

A 1-month-old Carson boy, whose life may have been saved last week by the quick actions of two sheriff’s deputies and a firefighter, remained in critical condition Thursday, hospital officials said.

While putting his infant son, Andre, to bed Aug. 22, Jose Gutierrez discovered that the baby had stopped breathing and called 911, the boy’s grandmother said.

Sheriff’s Deputies Michael Ponce De Leon and Craig Yockey each arrived within minutes of receiving the radio call. As Yockey, driving the patrol car, raced to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, in the back seat, Ponce De Leon massaged the infant’s chest, and Firefighter Phil Arreguin applied a portable resuscitator.

The baby was revived at the hospital and was admitted to the pediatrics intensive care unit. A hospital spokeswoman could not say why he stopped breathing.

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Andre and his twin brother, Andrew, were born two months’ premature.


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