Border Patrol Assist in 2 Separate Incidents near Rio Grande

6 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Wednesday, August 16 2017 Aug 16, 2017 August 16, 2017 1:18 PM August 16, 2017 in News

WESLACO – Two babies are recovering in the hospital after being treated by Border Patrol agents near the Rio Grande. 

On Sunday, Weslaco agents encountered a mother near Progreso with an infant who had stopped breathing. 

EMT agents were able to resuscitate the child. He was taken to a local hospital where he is recovering from a respiratory illness. 

"The baby is doing good now," Border Patrol Supervisor Hector Elizondo told CHANNEL 5 NEWS. 

On Monday, Elizondo said EMS agents delivered a baby in the back of a Border Patrol unit near Granjeno. 

"So, they put her in the back seat and the baby was delivered in the back seat of a unit," he explained. 

The mother and child are in a local hospital recovering. 

Border Patrol has more than 200 agents who are fully trained EMTs. They respond to calls of distress all over the Rio Grande Valley. 

"For instance, if you're driving north towards the Falfurrias checkpoint and you get in an accident, most likely Border Patrol will be first on scene," Chris Seiler, a Border Patrol agent in charge for special operations, said. 

Agents said this isn't the first time they've saved lives or delivered babies. They added it will certainly not be the last. 

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