This is the moment cops in Argentina manage to save a baby from choking in the nick of time in front of her worried-sick mother.
The tense incident was filmed in a police car as it sped to hospital through the streets of the city of San Miguel in Argentina’s Greater Buenos Aires Region on 9th January.
The video shows the moment officers Laura Pagani and Diego Carrizo pick up 15-month-old Alma, who is choking, and her distraught mum in their police car.
As officer Carrizo speeds through the streets, sirens blaring, officer Pagani performs CPR manoeuvres on the tot while her mum is heard wailing in the back seat.
When the officers first grabbed the tot, she had convulsed, she was faint, and she was hardly breathing.
However, officer Pagani persisted in her efforts to save the youngster, and following some tense moments, she finally managed to get the tot breathing again.
Little Alma seemed to be out of harm’s way by the time the car pulled up outside the Larcade Hospital, where they rushed her in to get prompt medical attention.
According to local reports, the doctors at the hospital managed to stabilise the youngster and were able to discharge her that same night.
In all, the tot had been choking for 93 seconds, during which officer Carrizo had managed to negotiate traffic to drive eight blocks to the hospital.
Officer Pagani was quoted in Infobae as saying: “When we saw the video, we started to cry. Those two minutes lasted forever. My partner drove like never before.”
She revealed: “Inside, I was saying ‘you have to save her, she can’t go’ until I saw her open her eyes and gain colour. It was a moment I will never forget in my whole life.”
She also said: “I forgot that I was a policewoman. I begged ‘please, God’ because I had to. I put myself in the mother’s shoes even though I’m not a mother.”
And she was also quoted as saying: “I thanked the mother for placing her trust in us because she handed [the baby] over to us.
“When I saw the baby sitting on the stretcher, I also hugged and kissed her.”