Cassidy Bergeron, a pre-nursing student at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, needed to run a quick trip to Walmart. Once there she saw people standing by the bathroom and stopped to help. Thanks to Cassidy and other quick-thinking rescuers, a newborn infant left in a New Roads Walmart bathroom trash can survived.
From her exclusive interview with WBRZ:
"I was going to keep walking, but then I was like, I need to go help," she explained.
That's when Walmart workers passed Bergeron a seemingly lifeless four-hour-old little girl. A store employee who found a bloody mess in the store's bathroom thought quickly enough to check the trash. Inside that garbage can the employee found the baby wrapped in a plastic bag.
"They came to me with the baby...and the first thing I could think to ask was, have y'all called 911 yet," Bergeron said.
Knowing that help was on the way, what she did next was simply instinct.
"It was turning blue, and I was like this baby is not breathing...The first thing that came to my mind was to either, start CPR or I'm going to give it a tap on the back, ya know, to see if it starts breathing," Bergeron said. "I gave it back to the woman, she was holding it and I kinda just hit it and let her hold it, and you could hear it."
Rescuers credit Bergeron's quick thinking with keeping the girl alive.
"It just kinda went, *inhale sound*, and then it started crying," Bergeron said.
Bergeron said news of the rescue quickly spread through Facebook, but humbly said she's not the only one who should be given credit for the rescue.
"You know, it's on Facebook already, and everybody was thanking me, you know which is great," Bergeron said. "But you gotta think about the cops, the fire department, the paramedics, volunteer people, everyone that was there. We all did it together."
The quick-thinking nursing student never thought about walking away from the infant when she was needed.
"When you have that baby in your arms, and you're looking into its eyes, I didn't know what it was at the time. I mean, what are you going to do, she's already been left, I'm not leaving her again," Bergeron said.
Bergeron said a trip to the store turned out to be just what she needed. She now knows for certain that nursing is exactly where she belongs.
"But if you ask me today... yes, that's what I want to do," Bergeron said. "To sum everything up, there is one word, and that's God. God put me there in that moment, and I don't know why, but you can't question why...but God put me there, baby Olivia is healthy at Woman's and that's all I could ask for is for that baby to live a healthy life."
As a Catholic Franciscan institution, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University creates an environment that emphasizes the value of service in the community. Explains Br. Ed Violett, SM, Vice President for Academic Affairs, “We are all really proud of what Cassidy did as part of a team of emergency personnel. We challenge all our students to live the mission of serving others, especially those most in need. Her heart is definitely in the right place.”
“The graduates of our nursing program have been equipped with the requisite skills, knowledge and education in nursing to promote health and deliver quality nursing care to individuals, families and communities,” says Phyllis Pedersen, DNP, CRNA, Dean for the School of Nursing. “But it is more than that . . . we also facilitate the development of professional nurses within an educational climate of honesty, respect, inquiry, creativity and collaboration.”
To see WBRZ’s exclusive interview with Cassidy follow this link.
Congratulations to Andrea Normand, class of 1970, who was named the Registered Nurse of the Year by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation.
When Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana decided to open a pediatric ER, they chose Normand as its first nurse manager, and she remains there today, serving as a role model to everyone she makes contact with.
In 2009, Our Lady of the Lake College recognized Normand as one of its ‘85 Who Have Made a Difference.’ Her nomination stated “During the time she was Pediatric ER Manager, her unit saw exemplary patient and employee satisfaction ratings. Ms. Normand has mentored hundreds, maybe thousands, of nurses and doctors, serving as a role model to everyone she has made contact with along the way . . . She has always set the tone for nursing excellence by simply being on shift and setting an example.”
Congratulations to our students who made the Spring 2016 semester Deans’ and President’s lists for outstanding academic work.
While we congratulate all students on their excellent academic performance, please note that there are guidelines that we follow to determine which students are listed on the honor roll. Eligibility guidelines are as follows:
President’s List- 12 or more credit hours with a semester GPA of 4.00
Dean’s List- 12 or more credit hours with a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Any student who has a question about their eligibility should contact the Registrar’s Office at 225-490-1602.
2016 Spring President’s List
2016 Spring Dean’s List