GOOD NEWS 911 Dispatcher Helps Utah Couple Deliver Baby on Side of Highway
An Eagle Mountain, Utah, couple experienced an early Christmas miracle when they successfully delivered their baby on the side of a highway, thanks to a 911 operator's coaching.
Dispatcher William Kalaher, who was new to the job and had only been taking solo calls for two weeks, received a call from Shay and Kristin Allred around 1 a.m. last Friday.
The mom-to-be told Kalaher that they were on Interstate 15 about six miles from the hospital when she realized they weren't going to make it.
Kalaher spoke to Jenna Lee on "Happening Now" today about how he talked the Allreds through the delivery and ensuing complications.
"It is very nerve-racking, but when you're in that moment, you really don't have any time to focus on anything else other than what's going on," Kalaher said.
He revealed that there were a few scary moments after the 8.4-pound girl was born when the parents realized that the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck and she wasn't breathing.
"We had to walk through the protocols of making sure the airway was cleared and the mouth and nose were cleared, and seeing if we could stimulate the baby in a way - like rubbing its back - to get it to breath," Kalaher said.
After the airway was cleared and the baby cried out, he said the next step was tying a shoestring tightly around the umbilical cord. Within 30 seconds, the newborn was breathing normally.
Paramedics and police arrived about five minutes later. The mother and baby were admitted to the hospital Friday and released Sunday.
After the dramatic call, the first thing Kalaher did? He called his own mom.
Watch the "Happening Now" segment above.