A heroic young woman who saved a baby’s life in an inner city car park has appealed for the family to contact her.
Nikita Hutch (21) used her skills in CPR to rescue the six-week-old baby who stopped breathing on Tuesday evening in Dublin’s Ilac Centre car-park.
The baby’s face had turned purple while sitting in the backseat of his parents’ car.
Nikita and her aunt were returning from a shopping trip when they noticed the commotion.
“When we drove in to put the ticket into the machine, we could see loads of cars stopped and a big crowd, there was lots of screaming,” she said.
“My auntie got out of the car to see what was wrong and, when I saw her, she had a baby in her arms, I ran out and panicked and just took the baby off her.
“I sat down on the path with the baby and I just started giving it CPR.
“I put him on his belly, on his back, I just kept on going," she continued.
“He wasn’t moving at all, he was just like a little doll. I put him down on my lap and put two fingers on his chest and started compressions.
“Then I turned him over and kept his face in my hand for support. Then I started doing mouth-to-mouth and CPR.”
The child finally started crying and breathing again after being in Nikita's arms for over ten minutes.
An ambulance arrived and brought the baby and his parents to Temple Street Children’s Hospital, but Nikita is eager to meet the family again.
“I went to Temple Street yesterday and found out the baby was released on Wednesday night. So at least he is okay now,” she said.
“I would love to meet the family, that’s what I’m trying to do now.
“Hopefully they see the papers or they hear me on the radio, I’d love to see the baby again,” she added.
Nikita said she believes everybody should complete a first aid course.
“I grew up with children and I took a course in first aid so I had an idea of what to do,” she told Independent.ie.
“Before I wouldn’t have thought it was useful to have at all, now I would recommend it to people.
“I wasn't nervous, I can’t remember what way I felt. I think it might have been shock, it was mad.”
From Sheriff Street in Dublin, Nikita is currently in Marino College of Further Education studying childcare and is working at the After Schools Education and Support Programme on Crinan Strand in Dublin.
She has been inundated with messages and pictures of her front page story on the Irish Daily Star today on her Facebook page.
“I got the paper to see the front page, but I’ll have to buy a new one because my friends drew glasses and stuff all over me,” she laughed.