Friday, December 13, 2019
A Norman mother is praising the work of EMSSTAT paramedics and Norman firefighters for their efforts to save her son. The rescue happened in September of last year. Paige Mueller knew something was wrong with her son, Cooper, when he refused to drink his bottle. Then, the 28-day-old baby turned white.
"His lips went blue, his body got cold,” Mueller said. “I told my brother that we needed to call an ambulance. I was terrified.”
Norman firefighters and EMSSTAT Paramedics Jessica Garrett and Tasha Schmitt were there in minutes. Once they got Cooper to the ambulance, the medics knew something was seriously wrong.
"He was blue and my heart sank because I was so afraid we weren't going to be able to actually save him," Garrett said.
They hooked up Cooper to a heart monitor and saw that his heart rate was 296, about 140 more than it should be.
"Once we saw his heart rate that's when we said, 'We can fix this, we know the problem,'" Schmitt said.
They quickly performed electrical cardioversion to restore his normal heart rhythm.
“Right after that his color returned, and he started crying and it was the sweetest sound we’d ever heard,” Garrett said.
Road to Recovery
Once they got Cooper to the hospital, he was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), an abnormally fast heartbeat.
Cooper now takes medicine for the condition. He is a happy, active 15-month old. Thursday, his mother brought him to Fire Station #9 to reunite with the first responders who saved him.
“I hope, if we do this every year, he will understand just how precious life is,” Mueller said.
Garrett and Schmitt said the experience has changed them forever.
“This is why we do what we do,” said Schmitt. “It’s for outcomes like this. To see him running around today and doing so well is extremely gratifying. It’s such a blessing.”
"I'm thrilled that we got to be a part of this,” said Garrett. “It is, without a doubt, the highlight of my career. This is what we are trained for and I’m so glad we were able to help him."