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Franciscan Values Demonstrated when Student Stops to Help Save Newborn Baby

Franciscan Values Demonstrated when Student Stops to Help Save Newborn Baby

Cassidy Bergeron, a pre-nursing student at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, needed to run a quick trip to Walmart.  Once there she saw people standing by the bathroom and stopped to help.  Thanks to Cassidy and other quick-thinking rescuers, a newborn infant left in a New Roads Walmart bathroom trash can survived.

From her exclusive interview with WBRZ:  

"I was going to keep walking, but then I was like, I need to go help," she explained.

That's when Walmart workers passed Bergeron a seemingly lifeless four-hour-old little girl. A store employee who found a bloody mess in the store's bathroom thought quickly enough to check the trash. Inside that garbage can the employee found the baby wrapped in a plastic bag.

"They came to me with the baby...and the first thing I could think to ask was, have y'all called 911 yet," Bergeron said.

Knowing that help was on the way, what she did next was simply instinct.

"It was turning blue, and I was like this baby is not breathing...The first thing that came to my mind was to either, start CPR or I'm going to give it a tap on the back, ya know, to see if it starts breathing," Bergeron said. "I gave it back to the woman, she was holding it and I kinda just hit it and let her hold it, and you could hear it."

Rescuers credit Bergeron's quick thinking with keeping the girl alive.

"It just kinda went, *inhale sound*, and then it started crying," Bergeron said.

Bergeron said news of the rescue quickly spread through Facebook, but humbly said she's not the only one who should be given credit for the rescue.

"You know, it's on Facebook already, and everybody was thanking me, you know which is great," Bergeron said. "But you gotta think about the cops, the fire department, the paramedics, volunteer people, everyone that was there. We all did it together."

The quick-thinking nursing student never thought about walking away from the infant when she was needed.

"When you have that baby in your arms, and you're looking into its eyes, I didn't know what it was at the time. I mean, what are you going to do, she's already been left, I'm not leaving her again," Bergeron said.

Bergeron said a trip to the store turned out to be just what she needed. She now knows for certain that nursing is exactly where she belongs.

"But if you ask me today... yes, that's what I want to do," Bergeron said. "To sum everything up, there is one word, and that's God. God put me there in that moment, and I don't know why, but you can't question why...but God put me there, baby Olivia is healthy at Woman's and that's all I could ask for is for that baby to live a healthy life."

As a Catholic Franciscan institution, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University creates an environment that emphasizes the value of service in the community.  Explains Br. Ed Violett, SM, Vice President for Academic Affairs, “We are all really proud of what Cassidy did as part of a team of emergency personnel. We challenge all our students to live the mission of serving others, especially those most in need.  Her heart is definitely in the right place.”

“The graduates of our nursing program have been equipped with the requisite skills, knowledge and education in nursing to promote health and deliver quality nursing care to individuals, families and communities,” says Phyllis Pedersen, DNP, CRNA, Dean for the School of Nursing.  “But it is more than that . . . we also facilitate the development of professional nurses within an educational climate of honesty, respect, inquiry, creativity and collaboration.” 

To see WBRZ’s exclusive interview with Cassidy follow this link.    

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