Mom meets Austin paramedics who saved her baby's life when seconds mattered
Yazmeen Tuskan visited an Austin fire station for a meeting she didn't know would ever happen. Several months ago, she went into labor early, delivering baby Leo at home. Their fate was in the hands of Austin-Travis County EMS first responders.
"Everything they did was just so, so critical. They really made a difference," said Tuskan.
When he was born, Leo was barely the size of ATCEMS Captain Matthew Pearson's hand. "Two fingered CPR was almost too big," said Pearson.
Leo spent four months in the NICU, but when Tuskan brought him home she knew their journey wouldn't be complete without one more thank you. "I just called Austin EMS and said, 'Hey, this is a strange request, I'm fine, but I'm really trying to track down this team that responded to my home,'" she said.
Months later, those paramedics saw the outcome of their life-saving work. "I didn't think that baby was going to survive," said Pearson. "And to see him happy and healthy is amazing."
It's a story this family will be telling for years to come. "It's maybe not quite the entry into the world we wanted," said Tuskan.
And while these paramedics don't consider themselves heroes, to this family, they're angels. "Every morning when we see him, we greet him, we say good morning, he's laughing and smiling," said Tuskan. "He wouldn't be doing those things if it weren't for you guys."