The Incredible Pictures of a Highway Rescue of a 5-Month-Old Baby

Pamela Rauseo, 37, performs CPR on her nephew, 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, after pulling her SUV over on the side of the road along the west bound lane on Florida State Road 836 just east of 57th Avenue when Sebastian stopped breathing. At right is Lucila Godoy, who stopped her car to assist in the rescue. (AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF)
Pamela Rauseo, 37, performs CPR on her nephew, 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, after pulling her SUV over on the side of the road along the west bound lane on Florida State Road 836 just east of 57th Avenue when Sebastian stopped breathing. At right is Lucila Godoy, who stopped her car to assist in the rescue. (AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF)

Pamela Rauseo, 37, performs CPR on her nephew, 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, after pulling her SUV over on the side of the road along the west bound lane on Florida State Road 836 just east of 57th Avenue when Sebastian stopped breathing. At right is Lucila Godoy, who stopped her car to assist in the rescue. (AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF)

Pamela Rauseo, 37, of West Kendall, found herself in the middle of her worst nightmare while driving on the busy Dolphin Expressway in Florida. Realizing her nephew had stopped breathing, Rauseo stopped traffic when she jumped out of the car, holding the baby, and screaming for help.

As her 5-month-old nephew, Sebastian de la Cruz was turning blue, motorists came to the rescue. Lucila Godoy, 34, of Miami left her 3-year-old son in her car to assist Rauseo in CPR and revive the unconscious infant. Also on the scene happened to be Miami Herald photographer Al Diaz, who stopped right behind Rauseo, jumped out of his car and captured the following breath taking or should we say breath giving images below.

As the old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and these photos tell an incredible tale of rescue with a much needed and appreciated happy ending.

Pamela Rauseo, 37, performs CPR on her nephew, 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, after pulling her SUV over on the side of the road along the west bound lane on Florida State Road 836 just east of 57th Avenue when Sebastian stopped breathing. (AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF)

Pamela Rauseo, 37, performs CPR on her nephew, 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, after pulling her SUV over on the side of the road along the west bound lane on Florida State Road 836 just east of 57th Avenue when Sebastian stopped breathing. (AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF)

Rescuers assist Pamela Rauseo, 37, center, who performed CPR on her nephew 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz after pulling her SUV over on the side of the road along the west bound lane on Florida State Road 836 on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. At right is Lucila Godoy, who stopped her car to assist in the rescue. At left is Sweetwater officer Amauris Bastidas who stopped to the aide the baby. (AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF)

Rescuers assist Pamela Rauseo, 37, center, who performed CPR on her nephew 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz after pulling her SUV over on the side of the road along the west bound lane on Florida State Road 836 on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. At right is Lucila Godoy, who stopped her car to assist in the rescue. At left is Sweetwater officer Amauris Bastidas who stopped to the aide the baby. (AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF)

Sweetwater officer Amauris Bastidas helps rescue 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, who stopped breathing while riding in the car with his aunt Pamela Rauseo, 37, center, along Florida State Road 836 just east of 57th Avenue on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. At right is Lucila Godoy, who stopped her car to assist in the rescue. (AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF)

Sweetwater officer Amauris Bastidas helps rescue 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, who stopped breathing while riding in the car with his aunt Pamela Rauseo, 37, center, along Florida State Road 836 just east of 57th Avenue on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. At right is Lucila Godoy, who stopped her car to assist in the rescue. (AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF)

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A distraught Pamela Rauseo, 37, reacts after performing CPR on her nephew, 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, who stopped breathing. She performed CPR after pulling her SUV over on the side of the road along the west bound lane on Florida State Road 836 just east of 57th Avenue on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF)

 

Sweetwater officer Amauris Bastidas keeps a watchful eye while waiting for paramedics after aiding in Sebastian de la Cruz’s rescue. The 5-month-old stopped breathing while riding in the car with his aunt on Florida State Road 836 just east of 57th Avenue on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF)

Sweetwater officer Amauris Bastidas keeps a watchful eye while waiting for paramedics after aiding in Sebastian de la Cruz’s rescue. The 5-month-old stopped breathing while riding in the car with his aunt on Florida State Road 836 just east of 57th Avenue on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF)

Miami-Dade Fire paramedic Lieutenant Alvaro Tonanez helps rescue 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, who stopped breathing while riding in the car with his aunt Pamela Rauseo, 37, right, on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. At left is Lucila Godoy, who stopped her car to assist with CPR in the rescue. (AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF)

Miami-Dade Fire paramedic Lieutenant Alvaro Tonanez helps rescue 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, who stopped breathing while riding in the car with his aunt Pamela Rauseo, 37, right, on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. At left is Lucila Godoy, who stopped her car to assist with CPR in the rescue. (AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF)

A Miami Fire Rescue paramedic transports 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz to the hospital after the baby stopped breathing on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF)

A Miami Fire Rescue paramedic transports 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz to the hospital after the baby stopped breathing on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF)

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