COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — An Ohio woman who helped to revive a clinically dead toddler who had been struck by a car is crediting God for putting her in the right place and giving her the strength to spring into action that day.
“I watched a boy die right in front of my eyes and then came back to life,” witness Cassandra Davenport told local television station WCPO. “I literally witnessed a miracle that day.”
The incident occurred on Saturday as a 2-year-old boy in Colerain Township ran into the road and was struck by a vehicle. The child was not breathing and was lifeless.
At the same time of the incident, Angelika Nunn, a certified CPR instructor, was obtaining a ride from her brother to work. However, Nunn’s brother took a wrong turn, and the two became stuck in traffic—which was the result of the accident. Because of the mistaken turn, as Nunn sat in the car, she and her brother were approached by a man who informed them of the incident.
“A guy came up and said that a baby got hit by a car and he was dead,” she recalled.
Knowing that she had to do something, Nunn got out of the car and ran for several blocks to get to the scene of the accident.
“I just knew, if I’m blessed to know what to do, I need to help,” she said.
But Nunn was worn out after running the distance and knew that she needed more than just her own power to help bring the boy back.
“By the time I ran down there, I was so tired, so I knew the strength that I had to pump onto him was nothing but God,” she explained.
“He didn’t have a pulse, a heartbeat, no signs of life—so I instantly just started doing the CPR and I just kept doing it,” Nunn told WXIX-TV. “As I’m pumping him, I’m saying, ‘Hey little guy. Mommy is here.’ I’m trying to jog him to breathe and to keep breathing because I was scared to death.”
By the time that an ambulance arrived, the child began breathing again.
While some are calling Nunn a hero, she said that she doesn’t think of herself as such, but rather credits God for putting her in the right place at the right time and for giving her the strength to continue CPR on the child.
“At the end of the day, I think if it wasn’t for God putting me in that position—He guided my steps,” Nunn stated. “I think He was that strength that [was given to] me to pump on him, because as I said I was so exhausted.”
“I give God all the praises for sure,” she said.
The child is expected to recover, and Nunn is offering free CPR classes to the boy’s mother and to any who were witnesses that day.