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Prison inmate saves Oregon toddler's life

By Carolyn E. Price     Feb 5, 2007 in Health
An Oregon family say they are thanking God for a federal prison inmate after he came to the rescue of their 15-month-old boy.
Kari Rose-Adams was visiting her brother at the Sheridan Federal Prison when her son, Asher suddenly had a seizure and he stopped breathing. "At one point I said he's dying," she recalled. "He was blue and then he turned white."
Witnesses say that Ashton was lifeless,“'like a rag doll' and from across the visitation room, Frank Witter approached. Mr. Witter was a personal trainer who is currently serving 2.5 years for distributing steroids. His sister told the family that her brother knew infant CPR. Mr. Witter went to work on the little boy. "He took him and he was pushing on his diaphragm," Kari said.
Within minutes, the boy was back and Frank handed him to back to his family. However, it didn't last long. The toddler relapsed and stopped breathing once again. And again Witter came to the rescue.
"Right when I decided to give it to God, someone said‘he's breathing!’" Kari recalled. "God gave him back to me and it was through the hands of that inmate."
Asher did not relapse again and is back at home now, recovering and doing his favorite things –"like playing with blocks and learning to walk". Witter said it was the best day of his life.
"We'll owe his life to him," Kari said.
Prison officials said Witter was also being considered for a special award. Witter was not available for an interview due to prison rules.
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