Emergency responders give Riverbank toddler Christmas gift of life

1:18 AM, Dec 27, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - There was a very special reunion Wednesday night between a Riverbank toddler and several paramedics who saved his life.

Suzana Aguiar of Riverbank had the biggest scare of her life when her 2-year-old son Brenden Hobbs stopped breathing Saturday.

Because of a respiratory disorder, Hobbs lived in hospitals off-and-on for months.

"His airway didn't fully develop when he was born," Aguiar said. "He had difficulty breathing, and every time he would breathe in, it would collapse."

Hobbs was released and returned home to his family in September. This was supposed to be his first Christmas out of the hospital.

Even though Hobbs has had trouble breathing ever since he was born, it became a matter of life and death on Dec. 22. That day, Paramedic Jared Eckle and EMT Rob Shelp came to the rescue.

"I didn't think we were going to spend Christmas with [Brenden]. And had they not come, we didn't think we'd spend anymore time with him," Aguiar said.

Wednesday night, Eckle and Shelp paid Hobbs a very special visit. They came armed with presents donated by local firefigthers and ambulance employees.

"It's just great to come back and see his face right now," Shelp said.

"Absolutely, we just wanted Hobbs to have a very nice Christmas," Eckle said.

"We don't get wins everyday. And when we do, we cling to them," Shelp said.

Hobbs' mother considers the guys true heros for saving her son's life. She's grateful her son could experience Christmas this year and for many more years to come.

"It's just a miracle how fast they responded. I can never thank them enough," Aguiar said. "If they weren't here, he wouldn't be here. They are heros."

By Suzanne Phan, sphan@news10.net


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