Mom gets to thank her baby’s lifesavers

In this Thursday, May 26, 2016 photo provided by the United Counties of Leeds-Grenville, St. Lawrence College paramedic student Juliette Bouwmans, Leeds Grenville primary care paramedic Cassie Griggs, Shakira and Colin MacLean with their son Alexander, Leeds Grenville primary care paramedic Garrett Donovan and Brockville General Hospital nurse Heather Lake take part in a reunion. The medical team helped save the baby's life in March 2016. (United Counties of Leeds-Grenville via Newswatch Group)

BROCKVILLE – In the height of a crisis, you may not have a chance to thank the first responders that helped you or your family.

But a Kingston family went to great efforts to find those people and thank them.

Shakira MacLean from Kingston got to do that this week, during National Paramedics Services Week, as she thanked the Leeds-Grenville EMS medical team for helping save her newborn son.

The tearful reunion was held at the Paramedic Service Division of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville after she asked for the reunion, which the EMS department was happy to oblige.

“They are angels, truly,” MacLean said of primary care paramedics Garrett Donovan and Cassie Griggs, Brockville General Hospital nurse Heather Lake and St. Lawrence College paramedic student Juliette Bouwmans.

MacLean’s son, Alexander, wasn’t breathing when he was born. He’s now ten weeks old.

On March 12, 2016, the Leeds-Grenville EMS team had been in Kingston for a patient transfer and were heading back when they got an urgent call near CFB Kingston.

MacLean said it was a miracle that the Leeds-Grenville ambulance happened to be just around the corner, arriving in minutes.

While taking her to the hospital the baby “suddenly arrived” and the team had to perform the resuscitation, which was successful.

Paramedic Service Deputy Chief Jeffrey Carss said the division is “extremely proud of our paramedics and the tireless work they, day in and day out.

“We were thrilled to accommodate her request,” he said.

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