Dad saves baby son’s life after newborn stops breathing during night feed

A dad has been hailed a hero for saving the life of his baby son after the newborn stopped breathing during a 4am night feed.

Marcus Lee Sleeth, 21, woke up his partner Meg Chilton in the early hours of Saturday to tell her that their son Noah was "floppy and lifeless".

The three-month-old boy’s lips were blue and he had gone pale as Marcus prepared to give him a bottle feed, says Meg, 18.

While the distraught mum called 999, Marcus began performing CPR and saved the infant’s life, Grimsby Live reports.

The couple, of Grimsby, Lancashire, have told how their "hearts sunk" and they feared Noah wouldn’t survive.

Maternity receptionist Meg, who was tears on the phone to 999, hailed Marcus for his quick response.

She said: "(Noah) suddenly stopped breathing and went really pale and his lips went blue.

"Marcus rushed in to the bedroom, woke me up and told me to ring 999, so I did."

Marcus, a kitchen porter, said: "I noticed his lips went blue and his skin went so pale, I put my ear to Noah’s mouth.

"My thought was to give him the rescue breaths whilst Meg was on the phone to 999 telling them where to send the ambulance to.

"We were both very scared and thought we lost our boy there and then. Our hearts sunk – it was the scariest thing ever to happen to us."

Meg said: "I was crying so much on the phone to 999. When Marcus bought him into the bedroom he was floppy and lifeless.

"But he acted so quickly and gave him mouth to mouth until the ambulance arrived within three minutes.

"I’m so proud of Marcus and we are lucky to still have our son."

She said: "He is amazing. He literally saved Noah’s life

"I want everyone to know how brave he is and how his quick actions saved our son’s life."

Noah is currently in Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby.

Meg and Marcus are waiting for X-ray and blood results to identify what caused him to stop breathing.

What to do if a baby is unresponsive and not breathing

1. Check for breathing by tilting their head back and looking and feeling for breaths.

2. Tell someone to call 999.

3. Give five rescue breaths: tilt their head back, seal your mouth over their mouth and nose. Blow five times into the baby.

4. Give 30 chest compressions. Push firmly in the middle of their chest with two fingers so that the chest goes inward, then release.

5. Give two rescue breaths. Continue with cycles of 30 chest compressions and two rescue breaths until help arrives.

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