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Neighbors use CPR to help revive baby that stopped breathing

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Neighbors are being called angels tonight after they helped revive a one-month-old that stopped breathing. 

It happened Wednesday evening in Cedar Rapids in the Kirkwood Estates neighborhood.

Raven Taylor, the baby's mother tells us he has spent the majority of his life so far in the hospital. 

Khami Taylor was born more than a month early with a heart condition and some other issues that can impact his airway. 

Last week Raven was able to take Khami home and everything had been going well until last night. 

"Started feeding him and laid him down and then I just turned around and he was like purple, like a purple blue color," she tells us. 

Raven says she picked up her son and held him close. 

"He like turned like a greyish color, like he looked dead to me," she says. 

Desperate for help she ran outside screaming, that's when neighbors jumped in to assist. 

Joseph Rohn did CPR as Ashley Ashburn comforted Raven while emergency crews were on their way. 

 "Don't give up hope, don't look at him, don't stop, don't stop believing miracles happen every day," Ashley says she was telling Raven. 

Unfortunately things were not looking good. 
"I'm working on him for about a minute and a half and I turn to her and I'm like I don't think this is gonna work but I'm gonna stay at this," says Joseph. 

"I just dropped to my knees and I just cried and I cried and I prayed because that five minutes felt like my whole life," Raven told us. 

Joseph continued to fight, "I'm not going to give up we will keep doing this until and ambulance does arrive and just moments before the ambulance arrives he opened his eyes and started breathing," he says. 

Now Khami is alive and being cared for at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital in Iowa City. 

"Between Joe and Ashley, they are the reason that my son is still here today and I am so thankful like they are like little angels," Raven tells us. 
She says she plans to go through CPR training herself and encourages others to do so as well, in fact she has already signed up for a class. 

Joseph works security at the Double Tree Hotel and Convention Complex in downtown Cedar Rapids, he says they had just gone through CPR training last month and he was told at the time you never know when you might need it. 

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