Baby Boy's Birth Warms Hearts on Icy Boulder Turnpike
February 27, 2009
Baby boy's birth warms hearts on icy Boulder Turnpike
By Sue Lindsay, Rocky Mountain News (Contact)
Published January 28, 2009 at 9:34 a.m.
Updated January 28, 2009 at 5:29 p.m.
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Baby born along Hwy 36.
Related StoriesBaby girl born at downtown Denver Public Library More Local NewsRiders in van flee after stop on Interstate 70 States want voice on climate issues Precipitation down so far this year More stories » It was one of a pregnant woman's worst nightmares.
Casandra Garcia was in heavy labor and in a car racing to the hospital Tuesday when the car ran out of gas on U.S. 36, sputtering to a stop on the shoulder of the highway in freezing temperatures.
With the help of Westminster paramedics, she gave birth in an ambulance to a perfectly healthy baby boy, Daniel, who made his appearance about a month earlier than expected.
"This is something you only see on TV," Garcia said. "I never expected it to happen to me."
Daniel slept through his first close-up with media who came to hear all about it this afternoon at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette.
"The only thing on my mind was if he was okay," she said. "I believe I had a guardian angel with me."
The angel was accompanied by paramedics Jake Lieser and Nate Olson, who helped deliver the baby after transporting Garcia to an ambulance.
The two presented Garcia with a vase of tulips Wednesday afternoon and smiles were exchanged all around.
"Mom did a great job," Lieser said. "She let us know she was ready."
"Yeah, I said I gotta push," Garcia said. "Now."
Garcia explained that the car's gas gauge was broken but the tank recently was filled so they thought they had plenty of gas.
"But the car started slowing down and we realized we had run out of gas," she said. "The roads were icy so I was praying that no one would slide into us."
Garcia said she resisted the urge to push as long as she could in the freezing car, while her mother phoned for help and then talked to a doctor, coaching Garcia until paramedics arrived.
"This is my third child, so I pretty much knew what was going on," she said. "I pushed three times and out he came. He made a quick entrance into the world."
Proud father Daniel Hurtado said he was disappointed to miss the delivery, but met Cassandra and his new son at the hospital 10 minutes after they arrived.
Garcia said the baby is doing great and they expected to go home this evening.