Woman delivers great-granddaughter at gas station

April 20, 2012 at 3:35 PM
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CLAY CITY, Ind., April 20 (UPI) -- An Indiana woman who worked for 31 years as an EMT said she delivered her great-granddaughter at a gas station.

Kathy Swearingen of Clay City said her granddaughter, Ashley Swearingen, woke her up early Thursday for a ride to the hospital in Terre Haute and the woman's water broke while traveling down State Road 59, the Greencastle Banner reported Friday.

The grandmother pulled into a gas station at the intersection of State Roads 46 and 59, where she soon found herself becoming a great-grandmother to baby girl Skylar Swearingen.

"I worked EMS for 31 years, and there is nothing more precious in the whole world than to see a baby take its first breath," Kathy said.

She said she was assisted in the delivery by Indiana State Excise Police Lt. Christopher Bard, who saw the women while driving home from his shift.

Bard escorted the women and newborn to Union Hospital, where Skylar weighed in at 6 pounds, 14 ounces.

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