Oceanside, CA (KSWB) -- An Oceanside couple say they will be forever grateful to a pair of paramedics who brought their baby back to life after he was born without a heartbeat.

Melissa Pestana, a first-time mother, was caught by surprise when she started going into labor a month early.

"I didn't know what to think, I couldn't believe it was happening," she said.

It was happening fast and the Pestanas knew they had little time, so they called 911. Within minutes paramedics arrived.

"I clicked the gurney into the back of the ambulance, the water broke and he came," said Oceanside Fire and Rescue paramedic Tony Valentine.

The situation turned critical when paramedics realized that baby Zavier wasn't breathing and had no heartbeat.

"I was very concerned this child was not going to have a good outcome," said Capt. Glen Morgan, who began administering CPR to the newborn.

Paramedics got baby Zavier to the hospital, and what had been looking like a hopeless tragedy changed course for the better.

"The baby took his first breath. It was very much a miracle," Morgan said.

It's a story that will link the family with their heroes for life. To honor the paramedics, the Pestanas gave Zavier two middle names.

"Stephen for Steven, the other paramedic, and then Morgan. So his middle name is Stephen Morgan," Pestana said.