Border Patrol agents, dispatcher deliver baby girl in remote area west of Ocotillo

March 31, 2001|By RICHARD MONTENEGRO, Staff Writer

OCOTILLO — U.S. Border Patrol agents with the help of an agency dispatcher delivered and saved the life of a baby girl in the mountains west of here Saturday morning.

Around 1 a.m. agents patrolling the mountains south of Interstate 8 near the runaway truck ramp heard the screams of a woman coming from a nearby wash.

Upon arrival agents found a pregnant woman in labor, along with her husband and two children, all undocumented immigrants from Afghanistan, the Border Patrol stated.

While agents radioed for emergency medical assistance, a agency dispatcher relayed instruction and information to the agents, enabling the four to deliver the child.


When the baby was successfully delivered, agents noticed the newborn was not breathing and immediately began cardiopulmonary resuscitation, bringing the baby girl back to life.

Both the mother and her child were transported to El Centro Regional Medical Center, where they remained in good condition Saturday.

The woman's husband and two other children were being held at the El Centro Border Patrol station pending the release of the mother and newborn baby, the Border Patrol stated.

Neither names nor ages of the undocumented immigrants were available Saturday.

The names of the four Border Patrol agents and dispatcher were also not available Saturday.

Stated Chief Patrol Agent Ken Stitt: "I am extremely proud of all the agents and communications personnel involved in delivering this child. They displayed extreme professionalism by working together through difficult circumstances and reaching out to help someone in need. They are commended for their actions."

Information was not available by presstime Saturday on whether the family would be seeking political asylum.

Staff Writer Richard Montenegro can be reached at 337-3453.

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