“She was so little.”
A Texas couple, Helen and Abiey Woldemichael, call the newest member of their family a “miracle.”
Helen gave birth to daughter, Amari, 3 and a half months early at the back seat of their SUV during the devastating winter storm in Texas.
At the time of her contractions, Helen believed that those were just false labor, called Braxton Hicks contractions. She thought there was nothing to worry about and continued to move on with the day.
“They were starting to get stronger, but I didn’t think it was the real deal,” Helen said. “I didn’t think they were actually labor contractions.”
As her contractions intensified, the couple decided to rush to the hospital while it was still snowing outside.
“I kind of freaked out a little bit,” husband Abjey said. “The roads were slippery. The snow actually turned into ice… black ice. So it was in a pretty bad condition.”
Unfortunately, the couple didn’t make it to the hospital on time.
Helen’s contractions grew so intense that they decided to pull over on the side of the road and called 911 for help, but in vain. So, they were all on their own and continued to drive. Later, at exactly 8 p.m., near Highway 75 and Lovers Lane in Dallas, Amari came to this world.
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“It just happened – I mean, I just screamed at one point, and she pushed, and then it came out. She came out,” Helen said. “She was so little; she was less than two pounds. I didn’t have to push for minutes and hours – as I did with the previous two.”
Helen shared that she was numbed and didn’t know what to do, but her husband helped her through the process and made her calm.
“I didn’t really know what to do. I remember him telling me actually, ‘OK, pick her up,’ because she had fallen to the floor of the car. And so, he was trying to comfort me… like ‘pick her up. Hold her in your,” Helen said.
The couple dialed 911 again for help after their daughter’s birth, and the operator finally responded and assisted them in keeping their daughter warm during Texas freezing temperature.
The operator asked them to keep the new-born skin to skin so that she can get body warmth. They turned on the heater to further heighten the temperature.
At last, they arrived at Baylor University Medical Centre, equipped with a level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Helen said that over 30 members were anticipating for them to arrive and welcome their ‘miracle’ baby.
“To be born in a car, when it’s freezing outside and no help, these babies often get really cold. They get sick. They have breathing problems. So it’s pretty amazing that a baby who had no medical care at birth is doing so well. So that is very unusual,” explained Dr. Vijay Nama, director at the Baylor University Medical Center.
Fighter mom of a fighter daughter!
Amari is now two weeks old and doing well. Not only did she survive the emergency birth, but she is also thriving!
“The first milestone that we look forward to is when a baby is breathing by herself, and so Amari, right from the get-go when she was born, she’s actually been breathing pretty good,” said Nama.
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