CULLEOCA, Tennessee. (WSMV) – A healthy baby girl was welcomed by the family thanks to the quick response of four firefighters.
The mother was on her way to the hospital around 1:30 a.m. Sunday when she went into labor, forcing her to give birth in the church lot with only the help of her husband and volunteers from the Maury County Fire Department.
According to firefighters, they arrived at the scene a few minutes before the birth of the child. They were trained on how to respond to such a challenge, but this was a first for all four rescuers involved.
“I went up to the patient and introduced myself, and by the time I gave my name, the child had introduced himself to me,” said Fabian Auden, an intensive care paramedic. “Mom did an amazing job with the birth and dad did an amazing job supporting mom.”
“Being in an environment like that is different because usually they go to the hospital and it’s a nice calm environment,” continued Oden. “You know the doctor who delivers and you know the nurses, but now you have six strangers delivering you’ve never seen before and it’s dark outside.”
The mother and father were still about 30 minutes away from the hospital when the 911 dispatchers they spoke to told them it was best to stop in a large parking lot and get ready, Auden said.
The couple stopped at Stiversville Christ Church along the Pulaski Highway and waited about 10 minutes before first responders arrived from both sides. The mother was already lying on the towel they had spread out in the parking lot, which allowed the firefighters to get to work immediately when they got there.
Oden is in school to become a doctor, and the other three firefighters are also either paramedics or certified emergency medical services. Each Maury County Fire Department vehicle also has child medics designed for just such situations.
“She really had a dream team to help her with this operation, and with that training, she definitely went very well,” said firefighter Savannah Maddison.
“It’s very rare to have to deal with childbirth as the first responder,” Maddison continued. “This is something that may not happen in the entire career of many people. It was a very good chance not only for the rescuers, but also for the mother. She had a department nearby and we got such a quick response.”
According to Maddison, firefighters helped load the mother and newborn girl into the ambulance, which took them to the hospital. Everyone was healthy, but two firefighters went on a trip in case something happened to one of the patients, because most ambulances are only prepared for one patient.
Jimmy Lee Farnsworth’s father said they brought Kyler Shaidin home from the hospital Monday afternoon. She was born weighing 6 kg. and 15 oz. and is 19 inches. lung.
Farnsworth said the other four of their children were very excited to meet their little sister.
The firefighters who helped bring her to the world are also very happy to know that she is healthy and look forward to seeing her again.
“We so often have to deal with death and loss and just plain sad situations to be able to be part of a beautiful moment that this family will remember for the rest of their lives,” Maddison said. “Even though it was chaotic, it changed our lives and was a touching moment for all of us. We were very grateful for that.”
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