and captions by CAMILLE MOJICA REY
Brad Smith, a registered nurse
transport specialist (RNTS), was in constant communication with
doctors as he and Caroline Lamont, left Lucile Packard Children's
Hospital bound for Salinas to pick up Janelle Patricia Banuelos.
The infant was delivered by emergency Caesarean section the morning
of April 16 as her mother was dying from injuries sustained in an
With an isolette and their equipment standing by, Smith and Lamont,
both left, listen and watch as David Kasting, MD, describes the
skull fracture Janelle suffered while in
Smith examines x-rays of Janelle's tiny chest, looking for clues to
the infant's breathing difficulties.
Smith accompanies Felix Mariposa of American Medical
Transport as he wheels Janelle down the corridor of the Salinas
hospital. Smiling through their tears as some of them saw her for
the first time, Janelle's extended family emerged from the
hospital's chapel to say good-bye. Lamont opened the isolette so
that Janelle's grandmothers could touch her tiny
On the road, Lamont regularly takes and records
Janelle's vital signs.
Lamont transfers Janelle to her hospital crib in Packard's NICU as
Smith and a respiratory therapist look on. Six days later, Janelle
was transferred back to Salinas Valley Medical Center, and was
released to her family after a week.