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APD Officer Uses the Heimlich Maneuver to Help Save Infant

Friday’s Hero: APD Officer Eduardo Ibarra

Albuquerque- Today Mayor Richard J. Berry honored an APD Officer for his immediate response in a medical emergency involving an infant. Officer Eduardo Ibarra of the Albuquerque Police Department is this week’s Friday Hero.

This past March, Officer Ibarra was dispatched to an apartment in reference to an emergency involving a newborn baby. The caller reported that her one month old baby girl was choking. Officer Ibarra quickly arrived on scene and examined the infant. He soon realized the baby was not breathing, motionless, pale, and her face was swollen. Immediately, Officer Ibarra began to perform the Heimlich maneuver on the baby. As Officer Ibarra administered compressions, the baby finally started to make some sound as fluid come out of her mouth but she was still having difficulty breathing. Officer Ibarra continued the Heimlich maneuver until rescue personnel arrived. At that point, the baby was making movements and sounds but still was not able to cry. The infant was then placed inside the ambulance where she was medically evaluated. Officer Ibarra later drove to UNMH to check on the baby’s health, and observed her facial color back to normal, with no swollen face. The baby was then cleared and released home

Thanks to Officer Ibarra’s medical attention, he was able stabilize the newborn until rescue arrived. His immediate response was able to save the newborn’s life when just seconds mattered.  Prior to Officer Eduardo Ibarra’s graduation from the academy in October 2013, he served as a United States Marine for 9 years and did two tours in the Middle East. During that time he received two Navy/Marine Achievement Medals and the Navy and Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation.