Family credits Chattanooga Police officer with saving baby’s life

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — A Chattanooga Police Officer is being credited with saving a baby’s life.

Four-month-old Lakelynn Durham was in the hospital recovering from meningitis group b strep. Her mother, Misty Hunter, says a couple of weeks ago she noticed her daughter was having trouble breathing.

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“So I got her and I got her on the couch and she stopped breathing for a second and then when she caught her breath, she threw up this green mucus stuff. And I was like something is not right at all,” Hunter said.

The family was on their way to the hospital, when she stopped breathing again. They flagged down Chattanooga Police Officer Joseph Coleman.

“He jerked open the door and got her out and immediately started assessing her on the side of the road,” Hunter said.



“I grabbed the child out and put it in rescue position. I patted its back a few times and it started to sputter and breathe a lot better. Thankfully at that point a medical unit rolled up, completely coincidence. It worked out very well,” Officer Coleman said.

Hunter credits Officer Coleman for saving her daughter’s life.

“We are so thankful we don’t know how to express it or anything or how grateful we are for him. He’s come up here to check on her and he has come to see her and asked about her all of the time. We are really grateful for that,” Hunter said.

“I was just doing what any other officer would have done at that time. It worked out good. I was glad I was able to help,” Officer Coleman said.

Lakelynn was discharged from the hospital on Thursday.