Newborn Saved by Firefighters

Published 09/02 2014 07:12AM

Updated 09/02 2014 08:45AM

ALLOUEZ, Wisc. (WFRV) Baby Doug Jr. was born unexpectedly in his parents bathtub.

His parents quickly called 911 after they noticed him turning blue, unresponsive and not breathing.

"I was talking to him the whole time. I just kept telling him, I said, 'You're really strong. You're really strong. Don't be scared.' And I refused to let myself think anything but he was going to be ok," mom Cami Behl said.

Firefighters at Station 8 in Allouez quickly responded. While enroute to the hospital, firefighters were able to resuscitate the little newborn. 

"It's kind of surreal when you see what life is like when it's hanging in your hand, not moving, and then all of a sudden it comes back," Doug Behl Sr. told Local 5's Wendy Fleury. 

Baby Doug spent 17 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay and was released July 25th.

He continued on oxygen and monitoring. Just last week, he was finally given the "all clear" by doctors. His prognosis? A healthy, normal life.

The Behl family has nothing but praise for firefighters who saved their son's life.

"It's just a job to us--another job we can say that's what they do for a living. But it's a lot more heartfelt when you know they're touching lives and are saving people that get to go home again or live a life longer than they could've had they not been there," Doug Behl said.

Today, Baby Doug Jr. will be reunited with firefighters who saved him. He'll be making his first trip to Station 8 this afternoon for, what is expected to be, a very emotional reunion.

"You can tell it's not just a job for them. I'm not sure how we can express gratitude for that and for what they do, but we'll definitely try," Cami Behl said.

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