A Gananoque couple welcomed a healthy baby girl last Friday at the side of Highway 2 en route to the hospital.
“I was really frantic. Because my first labour was 23 hours from beginning to end. So I thought we had a lot more time than we did,” said mother, Callie Moore.
Callie started feeling contractions last Thursday night at around 8 p.m. After they became more intense, she and her husband Nicholas got in the car and rushed to the hospital at 2:30 a.m. Friday, but it was too late.
Her water broke about 10 minutes from their Gananoque home.
They pulled over near Milton Avenue and called 911.
“I got out of the car and went over to her side. They told me to check if I could see the head and yeah the head was there. You could see the hair and everything,” said Nicholas.
That’s when the 911 operator told the couple that the ambulance won’t make it on time and Nicholas had to deliver the baby.
“I had 911 on the phone like this. My hands were down. We put the seat back. She was laying there. I had the house coat underneath her. Three pushes and the baby flew out right into my hands,” laughed Nicholas.
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About 60 seconds after Cali gave birth, paramedics arrived on scene. They cut the umbilical cord and took Callie and baby Veida to Kingston General Hospital.
Besides being at the hospital for few days recovering from jaundice, Veida was in perfect health and so was Callie.
The couple, who are high school sweethearts, say the unique experience has brought them closer together.
They call Veida their ‘miracle baby.’
Not only because of the circumstances of her birth but also because the couple tried for seven years to have their second child and didn’t have any luck until now.
“We went to a fertility doctor and we were told that Nick was sterile and we wouldn’t be able to have kids,” said Callie.
Veida is now happy and healthy in her new home and will have one unbelievable story to tell when she’s all grown up.
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