Hero Central Texas deputy recounts saving newborn’s life: ‘I was scared’

Published: Jun. 24, 2021 at 5:38 PM CDT
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ROGERS, Texas (KWTX) - A Bell County Deputy is recounting the day he saved the life of a newborn who became unconscious and is urging Central Texans to undergo infant CPR training.

Deputy Shawn Hearn said he was patrolling the area of Rogers on Monday when he was told to respond to a situation involving a baby only 14 days old. The infant was travelling with her mother in a car and started turning blue before becoming unresponsive.

Luckily, Deputy Hearn was at the right time at the right place, only two minutes away. “Bell county is a huge county and for me to be where I was that day is no coincidence,” Hearn said in an exclusive interview with News 10.


Hearn said because of his annual CPR training, he immediately jumped into action doing chest compressions on the baby’s limp body and giving her rescue breaths.

His heroic efforts continued for nine minutes as the baby’s mother and siblings watched in panic.

“I was scared,” Hearn confessed. “I didn’t want to hurt her. I just kept telling myself, ‘Do this right Shawn. Get this right.’”


Hearn said, despite his annual training, he was worried about crushing the delicate ribs of the 14-day-old baby girl.

Brandon Miles, a CPR instructor at Temple CPR, said that’s a common concern for many people.

Miles, however, said it is unlikely to cause damage to infants when doing two finger chest compressions because the ribs of infants are made of cartilage and not bone.

Hearn said EMS officials eventually showed up and put the baby on a gurney and she began breathing.

“You just saw her little chest rising and I got choked up and said ‘Ok, I did this right.’”

Hearn recently visited the baby at the hospital and said that as of Thursday, she was still at the hospital receiving treatment.

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