A Kentucky couple had to use their face mask to tie off baby’s umbilical cord after welcoming their new infant in the middle of the street.
David and Sarah Rose Patrick arrived at Baptist Health Louisville for the delivery of their child, only to find the doors locked.
They couldn’t make it to the emergency room, as Sarah Rose’s contractions began to come on more frequently and aggressively. David told Yahoo Life;
“We make it within view of our car back in front of labor and delivery, and we’re walking in the middle of the street toward to the car when my wife stops abruptly, bends over to use me as a crutch and says, ‘my water just broke,’” says David. “She nearly collapses. I hold her, she lays herself down flat and is now in the fetal position.”
David pulled out his cell phone and called 911, and asked the dispatcher to send someone out from labor and delivery immediately. Meanwhile, Sarah Rose’s pain only intensified.
When the dispatcher told David to take his wife’s pants off, Sarah Rose initially resisted.
Soon, Sarah Rose could feel their son’s head emerging.
“Once I pull back her pants, I see the top of our son’s head,” says David. “His head just pops out, I see his face and everything. Then in another 10 seconds or so, the rest of his body just slid out like a wet fish.”
David caught the baby and wrapped him in his jacket.
Next, the dispatcher told David to find something to bind the umbilical cord. Without anything on hand, David rifled through their hospital bag.
“My wife and I are wearing our COVID-19 masks that my grandmother has hand-sewn from cotton, and I’ve still got my mask on,” says David. “My wife takes hers off and says, ‘Use this.’ I rolled it up real tight like a tortilla, and I do the best I can to tie a knot on the umbilical cord six inches from my son’s navel.”
Soon an ambulance arrived, and nurses and doctors emerged from the labor and delivery entrance to wheel Sarah Rose upstairs to complete her delivery.
“Once we got inside, everything was business as usual,” says David. “The nurses and doctors were great.”
Later, the hospital’s director of security ensured the Patrick family that they would use the experience to improve building protocols.
The couple named their son Navi, a nod to the Hebrew word for “prophet,” but also drawing from the fairy Navi in the popular Legend of Zelda video game franchise. His middle name is Bond.