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Who saved baby Peyton? Ben Fordham and desperate mother search for saviour


The quick-thinking nurse who saved baby Payton has come forward.

She will connect with grateful mum Shonnie O’Neill.

A desperate mother is searching for the woman who saved her baby’s life.

Shonnie O’Neill was breastfeeding her two-week-old baby Peyton on the train home from Gosford, when suddenly Peyton went limp, turned purple and stopped breathing.

“Just imagine how frightening that is,” says Ben Fordham.

The train made an emergency stop at Rhodes, and it was at that moment Shonnie’s saving grace made herself known.

A woman, a complete stranger, walked up to Shonnie and her baby and declared she was a nurse and could help.

The woman took baby Peyton and performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

In the blur, Shonnie got into the ambulance with her sick baby and went to hospital where Peyton was diagnosed with meningitis.

But now that Peyton is recovered, Shonnie is desperate to find the stranger who saved her baby’s life.

She tells Ben it was “the most terrifying thing I’ve ever been through”.

“I honestly thought that I wasn’t bringing her home. I thought that her life was gone, she was taken, that was it.”

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Shonnie says all she remembers of the woman was that she had dark brown, curly, shoulder-length hair.

“I’m guessing, and you’re guessing, that Peyton wouldn’t be alive right now if it wasn’t for that nurse,” says Ben.

“No, she wouldn’t. We’ve been told by many people that we’re very lucky to have Peyton at home,” Shonnie says.

“I honestly don’t know how to repay this lady, but we just want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

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