Thursday 1/6 is both a terrifying and joyous anniversary for a family in Leon County. This is the day their two-week-old baby stopped breathing and started again after 13 terrifying minutes thanks to 9-1-1 operators coaching his mom on CPR.
One-year-old Barrett Driggers is all smiles. He has no idea how close he came to dying one year ago.
"Wake up ... Wake up ...wake up ... (crying) ..."
"Are you there?"
"Yes, I'm here."
"Please help me."
"I'm trying. "
9-1-1 dispatchers at the Leon County Sheriff's Office coached Barrett's mother through infant CPR over the phone that day as her newborn baby lay limp in her arms.
On this one year anniversary of those precious cries, little Barrett paid 9-1-1 operator Cindy Walker a special visit to say thank you.
Sheryl Driggers, the mother, says, "You know, I'm just forever grateful for the Sheriff's Department, for Cindy, they're just incredible to be able to keep their composure and walk me through everything they did."
Cindy Walker says, "It's amazing! I mean, he's so big and he is beautiful!"
Larry Campbell, Leon County Sheriff, says, "Seeing that kid in here when he came in this morning, he has a big grin on his face and such as, that's why we're in this business."
Doctors never were able to figure out why Barrett stopped breathing that day. His mother says he's been perfectly healthy since.
Barrett's mom says she still can't watch the tape or listen to the 9-1-1 call.