McCreary ambulance crew arrives just in time to help deliver baby

WHITLEY CITY, Ky. (WKYT) - It’s a job where seconds count, but often the outcome isn’t a good one for EMT's responding to a call. But Thursday, and for the second time this year.

“You finally get to say, that life is coming in. And not leaving this time,” said Paramedic Rick Eastham.

Early Thursday afternoon McCreary EMS got the call of a woman close to giving birth, in the Parker’s Lake section of McCreary County.

“Right before we even walked in the door her water broke,” said Eastham.

The veteran paramedic soon found himself in the exact same situation he was in on January 2nd, also when a woman gave birth..en route to the hospital, alongside the road.

“She started crowning, and I told my partner to pull over we are going to deliver a baby. By the time we got in the back, the baby had already delivered,” Eastham said of what happened Thursday, similar to what happened two months ago.

A baby girl…said hello to the world in the back of ambulance.

“If we had been maybe five or ten minutes longer, she would have delivered at home,” said Eastham.

WKYT was told that mother and baby are fine and being cared for at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset. The baby girl is just over six pounds and 19 and a half inches long.


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