Dispatcher, Father Deliver Baby

A baby delivered by her father, in a truck, with the help of a 9-1-1 dispatcher

"I wanted her to be a Halloween baby, but maybe at a hospital, not in the truck," says mother Lindsey Russell.

Ava Leigh, a healthy baby brought into the world by her dad.

"Right after we put the oldest on the bus to go to school, we were trying to head out the door to get over here to the hospital and we didn't make it very far down the road," explains father Paul Russell.

Lindsey Russel says the next thing she knew the baby was there. The dad pulled over, calling 9-1-1 for help... as the instincts took over. "Hopped out the truck," continues Paul, "ran around to the other side, got my glove out and got ready to catch, that's pretty much it."

"It was a little scary not having someone there that knew what they were doing," finishes Lindsey. "Little scary knowing her life was in his hands and not a doctors and a hospital."

On the other end of the phone, a life line, a 9-1-1 dispatcher, Aaron Feenor,and a team of dispatchers alerting first responders. Fleenor walked the father through the process, step by step, with a emergency medical dispatching guide. "This gives them the opportunity to ask the right questions and give the right instructions and help the process along," says 9-1-1 Director, Randy Lowe.

"The gentlemen and his wife both did an excellent job," says Fleenor. "I was just the voice on the phone in a nice climate controlled room while he's in the trenches delivering his daughter."

Within seven minutes of the initial call, little Ava Leigh is born and emergency personnel transport her to the hospital.

"After I took a nice deep I said, that was a first. I've never actually had to walk someone through child birth before," continues Fleenor.

"It was a big relief," explains Paul. "I'll tell you that. It was scary there for a moment, not knowing what's going to happen and what to do. Once she came out and started crying and doing all the typical baby stuff it was pretty amazing."


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