—Dispatcher Talks Her Through The Steps
MIAMI, FL — Woman delivers own baby as paramedics unable to respond during brunt of hurricane Irma. Dispatcher talks to woman on phone and gives step-by-step instructions.
A pregnant woman in Little Haiti called 911 for help as she started labor during the peak of hurrican Irma in Miami.
With paramedics unable to go out into the storm, a dispatcher talked the woman through delivering her baby at home Sunday morning, according to Assistant Fire Chief Eloy Garcia.
Mom and baby girl were eventually taken to the hospital by emergency workers.
“We weren’t able to respond. So she delivered the placenta, also. Dispatch told her how to tie it off. She’s stable at home,” Garcia said.
“We made contact with the assistant medical director here. Talked things through.”
Pete Gomez, Miami’s emergency management director, said conditions remain dangerous, so replacement crews will not be coming in until the weather improves.
“We’ve got to follow our protocol,” he said.
More information about this case and others is available via the Miami Herald.
Want EMS and air medical tips sent straight to your inbox? Get The Net newsletter. Sign up here (it's free):