Off-duty Michigan deputy rescues toddler who went into cardiac arrest

Off-duty deputy rescues toddler who went into cardiac arrest

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — An off-duty sheriff’s deputy from Michigan is being hailed as a hero after he reportedly saved a toddler who had a seizure at an Auburn Hills mall.

According to WDIV-TV, Genesee County Corrections Deputy Rocky Hensley sprang into action Feb. 10 when 18-month-old Vivian Runnels began having a seizure and stopped breathing at the Great Lakes Crossing food court.

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Hensley ran to the girl’s aid and realized that she had gone into cardiac arrest, WDIV reported. He quickly performed CPR on the child until she started breathing again, according to the news outlet.

Genesee County Interim Sheriff gives details on infant saved from cardiac arrest by off-duty officer. Facebook Live courtesy of Tri-County Equipment.

Genesee County Interim Sheriff gives details on infant saved from cardiac arrest by off-duty officer.

Posted by Mid-Michigan NOW on Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Emergency crews rushed the girl to a nearby hospital, where doctors discovered that she had the flu and ear infections, WEYI-TV reported.

Vivian has since recovered and returned home, the news outlets reported.

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Stock photo of a toddler in a hospital.
Stock photo of a toddler in a hospital. (Ole_CNX/Getty Images/iStockphoto)