William Kalaher, a newbie 911 dispatcher helped a distressed mom deliver baby on a highway in Utah. Though the man had only two weeks into the job, he successfully assisted the mom while giving birth.
Kalaher recalls that he received a call from Kristin Allred, who was about to the deliver her baby in the family truck last Friday. Luckily, her husband was around too. Kristin told reporters that they were rushing to a hospital that day, but when they got really close to it contractions started. Suddenly she felt the urge to start pushing, she added.
From the moment they made that 911 call and the moment the baby came into the world only 1 minute passed. The mom’s husband was still driving when the birth was ongoing. He was hoping that they could make it time to the Intermountain Medical Center. Nevertheless, he had to pull the car over.
The couple said that contractions started around 1 a.m. so they got in the car hoping that they will have plenty of time at their disposal because the woman’s previous labors lasted about eight hours each. Yet, this one hardly took 90 minutes.
When his wife told him that she felt the need to push, he dialed 911. Kalaher was on duty and picked up that call. The dispatcher said that he and his colleagues often joked about the odds to get a pregnancy call, but on that day it really happened. Fortunately, 911 operators are trained to cope with this type of emergency, as well.
Within one minute the baby girl was already born, but when Allred put her upon her chest she realized that something was wrong. She noticed that the baby wasn’t breathing. Fortunately, Kalaher didn’t panic when he heard the news.
Allred was impressed that the man remained calm even though she was very distressed at that time. The 911 operator asked her to check whether the umbilical cord was preventing her daughter from breathing. The woman told him that when she delivered her, the baby was crying but moments later she turned limp.
Fortunately, the man knew exactly what to do next. He asked the parents to tie a string around the cord about 6 inches from the newborn. About half of minute after they followed instructions and tilted her head back, the baby girl regained breath.
About five minutes later emergency crews arrived at the scene, but in the crucial moments the 911 operator literally saved the baby’s life.
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