Good Samaritan Rescue Seizing Baby on Thruway

June 19, 2013 Updated Jun 19, 2013 at 11:39 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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June 19, 2013 Updated Jun 19, 2013 at 11:39 PM EDT

WKBW
Cheektowaga, NY

Jessica Trysnicki has said a lot of thank yous to the people who came to her rescue when her 16 month old daughter Alexis Jodlin - who she thought was in perfect health - had a seizure out of the blue .

Alexis looked just like any other healthy baby girl Wednesday, back in her mother's arms after a frightening ordeal unfolded Tuesday on the New York State Thruway.

Trysnicki was driving near the I90 E ramp near the Walden Galleria when she noticed something was terribly wrong with her young daughter.

"She just started having a seizure. I looked behind me and she was in her car seat with her arms were flailing about, her arms rolling in the back of her head and her lips were purple," said Trysnicki.

Trysnicki says her daughter was in perfect health and had no signs of any sickness. But the next few moments were anything but perfect for the frightened young mother, who teared up explaining what happened next.

She pulled over on the side of the road and jumped out of the car, grabbed her daughter and called 911 but she could barely speak.

Nearby thruway maintenance workers were first on the scene and Trysnicki gave them the phone.

"There was no movement, she was spinning around you could see the panic. She was on the phone. Soon as I ran back to her she approached me, handed me the phone and begged me to tell 911 where we were," said Richard Hart, a maintenance worker for the NYS Thruway.

That's when off-duty Eden police officer Richard Syracuse and his wife noticed the commotion and pulled over to help.

"I ran over to her and I said what's the problem and she said 'my baby's not breathing,'"recalled Syracuse.

Syracuse began CPR on little Alexis and was later joined by another good samaritan who happened to be a volunteer firefighter.

The pair worked on Alexis like their life depended on it.

"We were still working on the baby trying to get a pulse back and shortly after we did," said Syracuse.

The ambulance came and mother and baby were rushed to Women and Children's Hospital where doctors discovered Alexis had a viral infection in her lungs that caused her to have the seizure.

Alexis is now being treated with antibiotics and the family can't say thank you enough.

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping my daughter. Thank you," cried Trysnicki.

Doctors say after the round of antibiotics Alexis will be fine.