LAKE LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A father delivered his newborn son Sunday while in route to an Antelope Valley hospital in what officials are calling a “roadside miracle”.
Baby Noah was delivered around 11 p.m. near the intersection of 15th Street and Avenue M in the Lake Los Angeles area, officials said.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, mother Gladys Garcia’s water broke around 10 p.m. while en route to Antelope Valley Medical Center.
“We started heading over here, and she said, ‘My water broke,’ and I thought we still had time,” father Javier Garcia said. “I could feel it’s head, and I was like ‘oh no’…so we pulled over.”
The Garcias parked on the side of the road.
“He was like, ‘What do I do?’ I was like, ‘Just call the ambulance,’” Gladys said.
While Javier was on the phone with a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher, baby Noah made his entrance into the world.
“As soon as the head came out, I kind of just pulled on him a little,” Javier recalled. “I just picked him up and made sure he was crying and gave him to her.”
“It’s so hard to believe that he was born in the car. It’s crazy,” Gladys said.
Minutes after Noah was born, deputies and emergency responders arrived, and Gladys and the baby were transported to the hospital.
Both are doing fine, according to officials.
Noah, who weighed only five pounds and 14 ounces, is the couple’s third child.