CLACKAMAS, Ore. (KATU) — Three deputies who rushed to save an infant who was choking at the Clackamas Town Center in Oregon late last month paid the girl a visit in the hospital over the weekend.
On Sept. 30, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office was called out to the mall on reports that a 1-week-old infant had stopped breathing at the JC Penny portrait studio.
Deputies Zacharkiw, Olson, and Russell rushed through the mall to the portrait studio and found baby Audrey pale and unresponsive. Authorities believe she choked on some fluids.
The deputies learned that the father and some good Samaritans started CPR as the mother called 911. They immediately went to work trying to save the child.
The girl was later taken to Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) for treatment, where she remains in intensive care.
Audrey’s parents Kaylob Harmon and Jessie Siefer called the deputies and requested they visit their daughter in the hospital on Oct. 7.
She is still listed in critical condition.
"Kaylob told us he wanted a picture to show Audrey one day of the guys who saved her life," reported Deputy Zacharkiw. "It was unbelievably heartwarming to be invited back, and amazing to see how far she has progressed since last Sunday. Shortly after we left, Kaylob texted me a few more pictures, excited that the EEG leads had been removed from Audrey’s head."