A police officer has been praised for saving the life of one-year-old baby boy.
On the afternoon of Saturday 22 March 2014, PC Tony Morton was on patrol in a marked police van on Bawtry Road, Selby when he noticed a distressed woman run out of a house on Reginald Terrace.
The woman was carrying a limp child in her hands and was shouting and waving frantically. PC Morton went to the woman’s aid and quickly set in motion events that were to save the baby’s life.
PC Morton explains: “It was a wet afternoon and as I came to the junction of Bawtry Road, I saw a young woman emerge from a house waving and shouting frantically at anyone who was passing. She appeared to be holding what at first glance looked like a rag doll.
“I went over to help and when I saw baby Harry my heart sank, he was floppy, grey, his lips had turned blue and his eyes had rolled into the back of his head.
“I sat the lady and baby down in the back of the van while at the same time, made an urgent radio call for an ambulance. I checked for a pulse but there was none.
“Being acutely aware that there is very little time before brain damage starts to occur due to lack of oxygen, I knew I could not wait for an ambulance.
“I quickly remembered the training we had been given and the ABC (airwave, breathing, circulation) of first aid when dealing with such a situation and dealt with the problem facing me as I knew time was of the essence.
“I managed to calm Harry’s mum down and got her involved. I loosened Harry’s clothing and began to lightly massage his chest while at the same time blew small breaths into his mouth.
“After a few breaths his eyes started to move and he miraculously began breathing on his own. I was amazed at how quickly he came round and within a few minutes he was wearing my yellow woolly hat and was wrapped in my police jacket.”
Paramedics arrived shortly afterwards and thanked PC Morton for his quick thinking and told PC Morton he had saved baby Harry’s life.
PC Morton added: “Once the incident was over and I had time to reflect on what had happened, it was quite emotional. Set against the rest of the shift that day, having dealt with people who were uncooperative and hostile towards the police, it really brought it home how rewarding the job can be.
“I am only too glad that I was in the right place at the right time and was able to help baby Harry and his mum.”
Harry’s mum, Ruth Travis thanked PC Morton and hand delivered a card and chocolates to Selby police station. She said: “I thought he was dead, although I am first aid trained, I was in shock and my first thought was to get help. I flagged Tony down and he rubbed Harry’s chest, it felt like forever but he started breathing again and it was such a relief.
“I am very grateful to Tony and I feel lucky that he was there at the right time.”
Chief Inspector Mark Khan, Safer Neighbourhood Commander for the Selby District praised PC Morton’s actions, he said: “Tony acted in the best traditions of the police service and is a credit to North Yorkshire Police. The incident could so easily have ended in tragedy and we could have been facing a very different and difficult situation.”
Harry, who had just celebrated his first birthday, was taken to York District Hospital where it was found that he had suffered a fit which had been induced by a high fever. He is now fit and well and back at home.
Pic: PC Morton with baby Harry