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LOWVILLE — Two Lewis County 911 dispatchers are being credited with saving the life of an infant Tuesday morning.

Dispatcher Susan Sprowl answered a call at 10:33 a.m. concerning the baby girl, born prematurely seven weeks ago, who was choking and had stopped breathing.

Ms. Sprowl immediately began giving CPR instructions to the father, who relayed them to the mother.

At the same time, dispatcher Alice Morgan paged an ambulance to respond to the East Road residence. County officials did not identify the family.

After several minutes, the infant began to breathe independently, though CPR directions continued.

Soon after, the baby began to cry, indicating her airway had been cleared.

Ms. Sprowl stayed on the phone giving moral support to the parents until the ambulance arrived, approximately 13 minutes after the call was received.

She was stable and breathing on her own by the time the ambulance arrived at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare in Utica.

Ms. Morgan said, “Every time the 911 phone rings, adrenaline pumps, but we do what we have to do. “

“Both dispatcher Sprowl and Morgan acted as a team to bring this incident to a positive conclusion,” said Lewis County Undersheriff James M. Monnat, who credit the two women with saving the baby’s life.

Cheryl A. LaLonde, dispatch supervisor, said, “I’m very proud of them.” She was also on duty when the call came in.

“We were just doing what we were trained to do,” said Ms. Sprowl. “We work well together as partners.”

Ms. Sprowl and Ms. Morgan normally work together every 12-hour shift.

“I’m glad it all worked out,” Ms. Sprowl said.

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