A woman in labor didn’t quite make it to the hospital in time for a delivery, with the baby having no plans to wait on the trip. The woman gave birth in a pickup truck beside the road near Wallins on Sunday.
Wallins Volunteer Fire Department Safety Officer Spencer Bailey says they got to the scene a few minutes ahead of the Emergency Medical crew.
“We receive quite a few medical runs, and we assist the ambulance service with them,” said Bailey. “I was in Harlan and they paged us with a medical assist. The lady was in labor.”
According to Bailey, he drove from Harlan to Wallins with lights and siren on.
Bailey said he, his two sons Spencer and Kenneth Bailey, Wallins Volunteer Fire Chief Dean Green and department members Bethany Johnson and Dewayne Johnson responded to the scene.
“When they walked up to the truck, the baby was already starting to deliver — it’s head was out,” Bailey said. “Bethany stepped in, she’s a mother too, so she kind of has a pretty good idea what’s going on with that. She caught the baby as it came out.”
Bailey said they wrapped the baby in a blanket, and when an ambulance arrived at the scene the ambulance crew took over.
Bailey said the child was born on KY 219 near the railroad crossing just outside of Wallins.
“She gave birth in the back of a Chevy Silverado extended-cab pickup truck,” Bailey said. “She was in the backseat of the cab.”
Harlan EMS transported the woman and baby to Harlan ARH Hospital.
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