Employees at local car dealership save baby's life

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - It's a miraculous story of being in the right place at the right time.

Employees at the Briggs Kia dealership in Topeka wasted no time stepping into action when a customer's child started to struggle and gasp for air just over a week ago.

"All I kept thinking was I cannot lose her," Courtney Gentry, the baby's mother, said.

Gentry and her fiancé Jake Rosebrough were finishing up paperwork at the dealership.

Gentry was waiting outside with her daughter Oakley, when she noticed the two-month-old was fighting to breathe.

Seconds later - Oakley went limp in her arms.

"The mother came running inside screaming, 'My baby, my baby!' And natural instinct just kinda hopped in," said Josh Kennedy, a salesperson at the dealership.

"Our receptionist at that point had her already in her hands, laid her on the table and noticed that she was very blue."

"She was not breathing," he said. "And there wasn't a pulse either."

Receptionist Kegann Gideon stepped into action alongside Kennedy.

"Josh started compressions and I just continued to check her pulse and just kept praying, 'Breathe,'" Gideon said.

Eventually first responders came and took Oakley to Stormont Vail - later transferring her to Children's Mercy in Kansas City where she's recovering well.

But what happened?

"What they think was going on was she was born with ventricular fibrillation which is V-Fib, and it's a rare life-threatening heart-rhythm that caused the heart to have a rapid misfiring heartbeat," Gentry said.

"Her beats could go almost upward of 250 beats-per-minute She went into cardiac arrest at the dealership."

Without the fast action of multiple employees at the dealership, Oakley wouldn't have made it.

"Right place, right time," Gideon said.

"I couldn't have been more thankful that we were still there, because if it had been just seconds longer we would've been leaving," Gentry said.

All three wanted to emphasize how important it is to learn CPR.

Oakley's family created a GoFundMe page to cover her medical expenses. You can find it here.