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Bystander saves premature newborn's life

A bystander helped bridge the language barrier when a child was born prematurely in a vehicle. (Source: Courtesy family photos) A bystander helped bridge the language barrier when a child was born prematurely in a vehicle. (Source: Courtesy family photos)

MACOMB COUNTY, MI (WDIV/CNN) - A man on his way to the bank Saturday helped to save a newborn's life by the side of the road.

Keira Si entered the world two months prematurely in a Jeep Wrangler, her brief life slipping away, when 21-year-old Ryan Cornelison was on his way to the bank

"There was a guy standing out in the middle of the road jumping around, trying to flag me down," he said.

It was the baby's panicked father. Two words penetrated the language barrier: "my wife."

"And he handed me his phone, and it was a 911 operator," Cornelison said. "The mom was sitting in the front seat. She had a blanket. All I saw was the top of the baby's head."

The dispatcher asked him if the baby was crying, breathing. The baby was not.

He was instructed to rub the baby's back to stimulate breathing, and when that did not work, he was instructed to do a modified form of CPR to the child by tilting the head back a little, covering the baby's mouth and nose with his mouth and blowing two puffs of air into the baby's mouth.

"I did the second breath and I stood back. He goes 'is the baby breathing?' I said no. All of a sudden the baby made a crying face," Cornelison said.

The baby is doing well, but will stay in the hospital for several weeks.

Cornelison is a Macomb County Community College student who wants to be a police officer.

He may be waiting for the badge, but he's already protecting and serving.

"I didn't think it was that big a deal, but everybody else does," Cornelison said.

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