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Resurrection: Livingstone College security officers save babyís life
Quick action brings infant back from the dead
Published Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:06 am
by Kimberly Harrington | Special to The Post

Livingstone College security officers Nyshika Ledbetter, left, and Kia Allison helped resuscitate a three-month-old baby who stopped breathing Monday on the Salisbury campus. The infant survived and is recovering.

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College security officers are credited with helping save the life of a three-month-old baby on campus.

Ashley Dawkins, the child’s mother, was attending a presentation show by Sigma Gamma Rho sorority at Varick Auditorium on Monday when her baby started aspirating. Dawkins took her baby into the lobby, and that’s when Livingstone College security officer Kia Allison, who was inside the security office located in the lobby, heard the mother yell that her baby was choking.

Allison said she and the mother ran outside with the baby. Allison alerted the officers at the security booth to call 911. In the meantime, the mother was suctioning out the baby’s mouth and Allison started chest compressions.

Officer Nyshika Ledbetter then got involved.

“I flipped the baby over on her stomach. I was holding the baby in the palm of my hand while the mother was suctioning,” she said.

The mother then started performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on her child.

“Breathe into your baby!” Allison recalled telling the mother repeatedly.

The baby’s mouth was turning blue and her eyes were starting to roll when the child gave a faint cry, Ledbetter said.

“But the baby stopped crying and the mother started mouth-to-mouth again. That’s when the baby’s eyes opened up,” Ledbetter said. “We were praying and speaking life to the baby. We said, ‘You’re not leaving us here. Not under our watch on LC ground.’”

Officers Ricky McCoy and Kellie Crouch joined Allison and Ledbetter to assist. First responders arrived on the scene and took over from there.

As of Thursday, the baby was in stable condition at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. Her prognosis is good, said her mother. She expressed gratitude to the officers for helping her save her child’s life.

While both Allison and Ledbetter are certified in CPR and have 15 years of experience in healthcare as personal care assistants, this was their first rescue encounter with a child.

“Our motherly instinct automatically kicked in,” Ledbetter said. “It touches you differently when it’s a child, to actually experience life and death and see someone

stop breathing. It was a miracle, and I thank God the baby is still here today.”

“I couldn’t sleep that night,” Allison said. “This baby was in my arms breathless.”

Livingstone Police Chief William Moody said he was “very proud of all of the officers who stepped up to assist the mother and child. I’m not surprised by what these officers did in the midst of this incident.”

Livingstone security officers are required to be CPR certified.

Dawkins’ aunt is a student at Livingstone. Ledbetter realized a couple days later she was introduced just last month to the baby she helped saved. Also, Ledbetter wasn’t scheduled to work that day. She was called in to work security for the program.

“This was clearly a team effort involving the mother and our officers in stabilizing the life of this precious baby girl until paramedics arrived,” Livingstone President Jimmy Jenkins said. “We thank God the child is doing better and pray for her full recovery.”


Thank-you to Livingstone College's security officers for being so confident in this "assignment!" I don't know if I would have been? To God Be the Glory!
Posted on April 21, 2019

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