Only on 3: La Vista Mom thanks first...

Posted at 10:21 PM, Jan 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-01 23:27:25-05

A little fussy at first, five-week-old Faith quickly calmed down. 

Unaware how she rang in the New Year, Faith’s mother Carla Hunter will never forget their start to 2016.

“I was beyond scared.  I thought I was going to lose her,” said baby Faith’s mother, Carla Hunter.

45-year-old Hunter found out she was pregnant in September.  Ten weeks later she delivered her first child.  

“I mean she was a miracle to me to begin with, but she is even more of a miracle now,” said Hunter.

Hunter says close to midnight Faith began vomiting profusely and was having trouble breathing.  Faith went into cardiac arrest.

“Her face changed colors, her eyes kind of rolled back and she became limp.  That is when I called 911,” said Hunter.

While Hunter was performing CPR, blood began coming from the infant's nose and mouth. 

24-year-veteran Steve Walter of the La Vista Police Department and 22-year-veteran T.J.. Jacik quickly came to the mother’s rescue.  

“I can't even tell you how thankful I am for them to show up.  I was beside myself,” said Hunter.

The La Vista Police Department says while Officer Jacik did chest compressions, Officer Walter did mouth-to-mouth.  They were able to revive Faith as the EMTs arrived.

“They basically saved this little girl,” said Hunter.

Faith was transported to Midlands Hospital and then to Children’s Hospital.  Faith was released from the hospital on Friday afternoon. 

Hunter says thanks to Officers Jacik and Walter, she and Faith can enjoy many New Years to come.

“I just want to thank them from the bottom of my heart and from hers,” said Hunter.

Hunter would also like to thank the Sarpy County 911 Dispatcher who walked her through CPR on the phone and the other first responders on scene.