Blinn EMT Program grad honored after saving newborn’s life
Fayette County Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Sarah Lundquist didn’t have time to think when she helped save Kaylnn Song. With the newborn’s life in her hands, she relied on the training she received at Blinn College.
“You don’t have time to think because it all happens so fast, but then you look back on it and you’re amazed,” said Lundquist, who cared for Song just moments after she was born in a vehicle that was forced to pull over on the side of Highway 77 in Schulenburg.
Meng Kea, Kaylnn’s father, was driving Eng Song to her obstetrician’s appointment when Eng began delivering the baby three weeks early. Kaylnn’s delivery was what doctors call a precipitous or explosive birth, in which a tear in the mother’s placenta allows the baby to be delivered suddenly.
Within moments, Kaylnn was born in the passenger’s seat. Then she turned blue from oxygen deprivation.
Fortunately, Lundquist and the rest of her crew were already on their way. As soon as they arrived, Lundquist and Paramedic Natalie Morgan tended to Kaylnn. Together, they used suction to clear Kaylnn’s mouth and nose of fluids, then turned up the heat in their ambulance to keep her warm. It didn’t take long for Kaylnn’s skin to lose its bluish hue and take on the healthy pink of a safe and happy newborn.
Earlier this month, Lundquist and her crew were invited to meet the family at Fayette County EMS headquarters. But instead of an informal visit, they received the 2013 Texas EMS for Children’s Crew of the Year Award for their heroic actions.
“This whole experience helped me realize just how much I enjoy my job,” Lundquist said.
It’s a career path Lundquist might never have had the opportunity to take if it weren’t for Blinn - Schulenburg Campus Director Rebecca Garlick’s visits to the bank where Lundquist worked in 2009. Lundquist earned her medical office management degree from Blinn years earlier, but had recently realized she was interested in a career as an emergency responder. So whenever Garlick came by the bank, Lundquist peppered her with questions about the College’s EMS program.
In 2010, Lundquist took the leap and when the studies were completed, she finished at the top of her class. Her next plan: to enroll in paramedic training so she can take the next step in her career.