Baby delivered in car on side of I-95
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida baby was born in a car on the side of Interstate 95, Tuesday morning.
The delivery happened at about 4:30 a.m., as the parents rushed to the hospital. The father pulled over on the side of I-95, notified police and waited for paramedics to arrive. "I got delivery from my wife, my baby and my first time experience," said Anton Antonov.
Firefighters arrived a short while later, but the baby girl was already delivered. With the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck, she was turning blue. Antonov knew he would have to do the roadside rescue himself. "I unwrapped the umbilical cord, and after that my baby come out," he said.
Antonov literally gave his baby girl the shirt off his back to keep her warm. Rescue workers then moved the baby and her mom, still attached by the umbilical cord, from the car to the ambulance. "We assisted the mother into the rescue, and there we made sure that they were both stable and cut the life cord," said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Firefighter Brian Stark.
It was Stark who cut the cord. The father of two said he had experience with his own two children.
Then, baby and mom were rushed to Memorial Regional in Hollywood where baby Margarita weighed in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 21 inches. "We're normally used to seeing tragedy, seeing sadness, seeing death," said Stark, "so it was a privilege, it was an honor to be able to assist him."
Rescue crews said the mom and baby are doing just fine.
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