Doorman, cops credited with saving baby's life
Police navigate St. Patrick's Day crowd for baby
CHICAGO - A hotel doorman and two Chicago police officers stepped up in a young couple's hour of need, helping their 4-month-old baby survive an illness that could have claimed her life.
Jordyn Rose was crying uncontrollably and was having trouble breathing when her parents, Kristen Creed and Matthew Howath, decided she needed to go to a hospital.
But the couple's Gold Coast neighborhood was flooded with traffic on St. Patrick's Day, and a cab couldn't be found, ABC7 reported.
"This girl is everything to us. When we saw her acting the way that she was, it just scared us beyond belief," Howath said.
"We were about to start running down Michigan Avenue. We couldn't get a cab. We didn't know what to do," Creed said.
From across the street, Dwayne Neff, a doorman at the Talbott Hotel, saw what was happening.
"She was yelling, 'My baby is sick. I need a taxi. I need something right away,'" Neff said.
Neff ran down the street to summon two Chicago police officers, Michael Seiser and Karen Wojcikowski.
The officers' protocol dictates that they call an ambulance, but because there was so much traffic and Jordyn's condition was getting worse, they didn't have time to lose and they feared it would take too long for an ambulance to get to them.
"When the tongue started to swell, I was afraid that the child's throat was starting to constrict and to close," Seiser said.
The officers turned on their lights and sirens and drove the couple and their baby to Northwestern Memorial Hospital a few blocks away.
Little Jordyn recovered from what doctors believe was a peanut allergy. She was christened at the Talbott Hotel on Sunday.
"We were there at the right time. They came up to us, we got them to the hospital and the baby is being baptized today," Wojcikowski said. "Is that divine intervention, or what?"
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