A New Mexico family says it was by the grace of God that their newborn baby is alive today.
On July 24, around 10:45 p.m., Miguel Angel Convarrubias was awoken by his wife, who said she was having contractions.
The pair quickly got in the car and headed to the hospital. On the way, things took a turn. Miguel told KOAT that his wife could feel the baby's head pushing. Labour was imminent.
Ismael Perez, a New Mexico State police officer on patrol that night, noticed Miguel's vehicle run a red light. He followed the vehicle as it entered a nearby hospital parking lot.
As Officer Perez approached the car, he heard over his radio that this couple needed an escort.
Miguel Angel Convarrubias quickly exited his vehicle and told Officer Perez that his baby was not breathing.
The officer quickly sprang into action, administering first aid to the unresponsive baby. After a few seconds of life-saving measures by Officer Perez, the baby started to cry.
"There we go, there we go,' said the officer as the baby began to cry. "It's a boy!"
Shortly after the baby began breathing, emergency room personnel arrived outside and took the mother and baby into the hospital.
"What a joyous night! A life is born," said another officer that arrived at the scene.
The baby, who they named Miguel Jr., survived and is in excellent health. His mother is also healing and doing well.
"In my eyes, he is a hero. He helped me in what I would say is one of the scariest moments of my life," Miguel told KOAT 7. "It lined up perfectly to where everything turned out okay. It was by the grace of God."
"I believe any other state officer or police officer in the state would've done the same," said Officer Perez.