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TV staffer saves infant son's life with CPR

Posted May 24, 2012

If you've never taken a CPR class, let WRAL employee Phillip Boyd be your inspiration to sign up for one. He recently saved his infant son's life using CPR and graciously agreed to share his story.

Blake Thomas Boyd was born on Good Friday, April 6, and Phillip and his wife, Kristin, were thrilled to be first-time parents. One day, while Phillip was still taking time off to be with his wife and new child, the young family had a truly frightening experience.

"My wife was breast-feeding our child and, after she got done, she went to hand him to me to burp him. And his lips had turned purplish blue, and it looked like maybe he was having a tough time breathing," Phillip said. "We took him, we put him down on the floor, and Kristin grabbed the phone and called 911."

He gave his son two breaths and did 30 compressions about four times before paramedics arrived.

"I was talking with the 911 operator and he was instructing me to put my ear to (Blake's) mouth and watch his chest and tell him each time I saw him breathe," Phillip said. "The EMT workers got there. They came into the house, and then they immediately started assessing the situation, seeing what was wrong. They realized he had started breathing again … It was scary, surreal, I mean, it was a gamut of emotions."

The new father was trained in CPR as a Boy Scout and took First Responder and CPR training through Capitol Broadcasting Company several years ago. Before Blake’s arrival, he and his wife took a refresher course in infant CPR at WakeMed on March 20.

“We were very fortunate to have been added to that class as we registered the week before the class. Those classes fill up really quick and the next offering would not have been until the middle of July," Phillip said. “I cannot stress enough to people how important it is to learn CPR, particularly if you are about to have a child."

Phillip Boyd talks about saving son using CPR

MIX 101.5 morning show co-hosts Bill Jordan and Lynda Loveland were so touched by Phillip's story that they interviewed him on the air.

Thanks to Phillip and Kristin Boyd and Andrea Osborne for this story and photos.

Boyd family

Boyd family

Blake Boyd

Blake Boyd


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  • cwood3 May 24, 2012

    The blessings of a family and of a little one are beyond words.
    Phillip-you made a huge difference that faitful day. Just store that event in your bank of blessings.

    I trust that your story will inspire others to get the training.

  • smadams May 24, 2012

    He is so cute! Congrats guys! So glad everything turned out okay!

  • computer trainer May 24, 2012

    Thanks for sharing this. Also, I am so glad that you were able to save your baby. He is just gorgeous!!! What a beautiful family!

  • jimditra May 24, 2012

    Glad everything turned out well in the end! Every parent should learn infant CPR before their baby comes. Too bad the classes fill up so fast as I had the same problem. Fortunatley, I found the BabyCPR app for my iPhone and was able to learn infant CPR and practice on my phone (this part is pretty cool) until I had it down. I took a class later anyways just in case but the app was great. I highly recommend it to all parents! Just look for the green icon with a teddy bear on it.

  • mochabrown May 24, 2012

    aaah!!! So thankful everything turned out well. Oh, he is such a cutie. Congrats to the new proud mother and father. He is just so precious.

  • just my2cents May 24, 2012

    Wow, such an awesome and happy ending. I think CPR and First Aid should be a required course before graduating high school.

  • jlg83 May 24, 2012

    Such a touching story! I can't imagine how scary that must of been. What a beautiful family!!

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