First responders save toddler who stopped breathing on Marco Island

A little girl’s family members are counting their blessings. She stopped breathing over the weekend, and the quick actions of her family and a police officer saved her life.

The family of 3-year-old Janet in Marco Island say she was watching a video on her iPad in her crib when her father and brother noticed she stopped making any noise.

“I was crying hard because I didn’t know if my sister was breathing or not,” said Geremy Musico, Janet’s older brother.

Janet’s father Alejandro Musico described the shape her daughter was in when they found her.

“When I come out, she was like frozen and not breathing,” Alejandro said. “I tried to help her, and I was freaking out.”

Janet’s father acted quickly.

“I was trying CPR, and I try and try and try and nothing,” Alejandro said. “So that’s when I told my son to call 911.”

Marco Island Police Department arrived while Geremy was on the phone with dispatch, and they were able to help Geremy and his father get Janet breathing again.

“I guess God helped me when I tried to do CPR again and again and again,” Alejandro said. “When she started breathing, I said thank you, lord.”

And he gave a special thanks to his son who knew what to do when tragedy hit.

“Thanks to my son,” Alejandro said. “He helped me a lot.”

Janet was taken to the hospital for further treatment, and she was able to return home Monday.

Janet’s family said they are grateful for the first responders who arrived when they did to help save their baby girl.

“If you have a little sister and she isn’t breathing, the best thing to do is to call 911 immediately,” Geremy said.

Reporter:Taylor Smith
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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