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Hotel Doorman, Police Help Save Baby



    Hotel Doorman, Police Help Save Baby
    4-month-old Jordyn Rose was baptized Sunday just one day after a hotel doorman and two police officers rushed to save her life.

    A baby was baptized Sunday just one day after a hotel doorman and two police officers rushed to save her life.

    The parents of 4-month-old Jordyn Rose knew something was wrong Saturday when their baby began screaming and gasping for air.

    While trying to console the infant, her parents watched her face become pale, her tongue swell, and her lips turn blue.

    "This is a screaming that we've never heard before," said Jordyn Rose's father Matthew Howeth.

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    The couple rushed out of their Gold Coast apartment building and tried hailing a cab to the hospital.

    Her mother, Kristin Howeth, practically jumped in front of cabs, but in St. Patrick's Day traffic hailing a ride was nearly impossible.

    A doorman at a neighboring hotel notice the couple's panicking struggle. He said it took nearly 25 minutes to hail a cab for hotel customers that day and knew the couple wouldn't find success.

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    That's when the doorman, Dwayne Neff, sprinted down the street and grabbed two police officers in a squad car.

    The officers quickly put the couple in the back of their car and rushed them to Lurie Children's Hospital.

    "It was truly a case of divine intervention," said Officer Karen Wojcikowski. "We were at the right place at the right time."

    The couple said calling an ambulance never crossed their minds, but the quick-thinking officers said an ambulance would have taken longer in the holiday traffic.

    "We just both went into like survival mode," said Kristin Howeth. “In hindsight, maybe we should have called an ambulance, but the officers ended up getting us to the hospital faster than an ambulance would have."

    The baby was stabilized and tested at the hospital, but nothing pointed to why she was struggling to breath.

    Her parents said it could have been an allergic reaction.

    "This girl is everything to us and when we saw her acting the way that she was it scared us beyond belief," said Matthew Howeth. "We can't thank them enough for their fast acting and how concerned they were for us."