This couple’s son arrived a week before his due date – just a few steps away from the entrance to the hospital’s maternity ward.
When Sarah Rose Patrick, from Kentucky in the US, went into labour a week before her due date, her husband, David Patrick, rushed her to hospital. But he had to take matters into his own hands when she gave birth in the hospital parking lot, People reports.
Sarah went to see her doctor on 8 May when she suffered pressure on her belly but was sent home and told not to worry. But the pain didn’t subside.
In the early hours of the morning of 9 May, she woke up with contractions and her husband David rushed her to the nearby Baptist Health Hospital in Louisville. The entrance to the maternity ward was locked, so they headed back to their car in the hopes of driving to the emergency room – but they didn’t make it in time.
Sarah’s water broke in the hospital parking lot, CBS News reports.
“You’re delivering your baby in the cold night air, on the street, in [a] Covid-19 [pandemic],” Patrick recalls. “It’s the last thing you want.”
With the help of a 911 dispatcher, who guided him on the phone, David successfully helped his wife deliver their son, Navi Bond Patrick, CNN reports.
He used a homemade protective face mask to tie off the umbilical cord. “I rolled it up tightly like a tortilla and tied a knot around our son’s umbilical cord,” David says.
Moments later, an ambulance arrived to assist the couple and their new-born into the hospital. The mother and baby were discharged two days later on Sarah’s 36th birthday.
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