The mother of a newborn wants to thank the two EMTs who delivered her baby in an ambulance on a south side Youngstown bridge — but she doesn’t know who they are.
Latisha Bennett, 33, and her six children — including new baby Eliza — are now settled back into their Campbell home.
“All of a sudden, water just started gushing down and I called him, I said, ‘Babe, it’s time,'” Latisha said.
Her water broke while her husband, Trinell, was in the shower.
“I cut the shower water off, asked my wife, ‘What’s wrong?’ She said, ‘It’s time to go.'”
Latisha knew the baby was coming fast. She called her mom, who called Campbell police, who dispatched an ambulance.
“We scrambled around and took her out to the ambulance, and told them I’d be in the car behind them,” Trinell said.
By the time they reached the Center Street Bridge — three miles from their house — on the way to St. Elizabeth Hospital, Latisha knew they weren’t going to make it.
“I said, ‘She’s coming.’ I mean, I felt her right there. I said, ‘She’s coming.'”
When they reached the Shirley Road Bridge over Interstate 680, the EMT caring for Latisha told the driver to pull over — on the bridge.
“So he pulled over and he said, ‘One good push, honey.’ I pushed, one good time, and she was out.”
“As I was pulling up, the man was coming from the back door and he was clapping,” Trinell said. “He told me to come here. I walked up and he said, ‘Meet your daughter.'”
For the birth of their other kids, Trinell took his wife by car and was prepared to do the same this time. The decision to call an ambulance was a blessing. Trained medical personnel were there to help.
“If he would have taken me to the hospital like he would normally do, I don’t know how this would have ended,” Latisha said.
She credits the two EMTs for saving her daughter’s life. She has no idea who they were or what ambulance company they worked for, but she would like to meet them.
“Oh my god, I would like to meet them, thank them, I even got them some cards,” she said.
We called around and left a lot of messages to try to find the ambulance company and the EMTs who delivered Eliza but had no luck.
Latisha spent Tuesday night in the hospital and came home Wednesday afternoon. Both mother and baby are doing fine.