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Baby that stopped breathing forces emergency landing of US Airways flight

Baby boy stopped breathing on board flight 678.
Baby boy stopped breathing on board flight 678.
Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Passengers on board the US Airways flight 678 that was headed from Tampa to Phoenix got more than they bargained for on Tuesday. They were able to witness a man saving a baby’s life in mid-air as the pilot had to make an emergency landing in Houston. As reported by Fox 10 on March 12, a 15-month-old child stopped breathing and had started turning purple.

The little boy’s life was saved by a man sitting two rows away that jumped in to take action, as well as a few others that assisted. The infant wasn’t breathing at that point so he calmly started doing chest compressions and rescue breathing until the baby started breathing on his own. His cries made everyone on the plane jump for joy knowing that he was okay.

Garrett Goodwin was the man that is deemed a hero for saving the toddler’s life. It turns out that he is a trained army medic and he also teaches a CPR class. Many people are calling that a miracle. Goodwin said that he is just happy that he happened to be on the plane at the right time.

"Absolutely you're scared, but your training kicks in. I was at the right place at the right time with the right experienced training and I hope anybody with any amount of training would have done that," he told Fox 10 News.

A video was captured on the plane by a passenger right after it all happened. The boy was being held by his hero and there were plenty of smiles to go around. The child was taken for medical treatment after the emergency landing in Houston. He is said to be okay. The rest of the relieved passengers were able to land safely about an hour later than expected at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Another heartwarming video was captured later on as Goodwin got to reunite with the baby boy whose life he saved on the flight. It looks like there is a bond formed between the two that will last a lifetime.

Goodwin stressed that taking a CPR class and knowing what to do in this kind of medical emergency is what saves people’s lives.

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