Pleasant Hills Police Officer Kristin Mitrisin found more than she bargained for when Joe and Jody Schleicher flagged her down on Pennsylvania Route 51 on April 27th.
The frantic parents told Officer Mitrisin their 9-day-old baby girl Olivia stopped breathing.
Today Olivia is alive because of Officer Mitrisin’s quick thinking and excellent training.
“I just was doing my job that day. You know God put me at that place at that time. I’m just thankful that I was there to help them,” said Officer Mitrisin.
Joe Schleicher held out the baby to her, whose face had turned blue.
‘Please, my baby can’t breathe. Help me,’ he begged her.
Mitrisin did what any good police officer would do. She performed CPR on the infant and restarted her little lungs. Granted, that’s a lot harder than I make out.
“You just use your two fingers, apply pressure down, and just keep going,” she said. “Just thought, you know, what we have to do to get baby Olivia breathing. The mom said her name was Olivia, so I just kept saying ‘c’mon baby Olivia, we can do this.’ And I just kept doing the CPR on baby Olivia.”
“I continued CPR, the baby took a breath, then there was a couple more seconds, another large breath, and then we got a few more shallow breaths, and then she started crying. And that was the best sound to hear.”
As soon as baby Olivia started breathing again, Officer Mitrisin rushed the infant to the nearest hospital.
Baby Olivia Schleicher remains in Children’s Hospital where she is being treated for a heart condition.
Support Baby Olivia’s Parents
A GoFundMe page to help Joe and Jody Schleicher to pay baby Olivia’s medical bills. Please donate generously if you are able.