A 19-year-old woman gave birth in a Madera McDonald’s Monday night.
Paramedics and Police on scene spoke about the experience Wednesday.
Kevin Carnes and Suzette Lugo of Pistoresi Ambulance answered the call. “We heard the location, McDonald’s,” Lugo an EMT said.
It happened at the location on East Yosemite. Police were already on scene when she and Carnes arrived. They said the woman was already in active labor and it was too late to transport her to the hospital.
“The mom was way too far along. The kid was already crowning and coming out,” Carnes said.
Sgt. Shawn Bushey with the Madera Police Department said restaurant crews cleared the space and locked the doors. “We prepped the area and probably a minute or two later the baby comes out, a baby boy,” he said.
Carnes credited his partner, Lugo, for keeping the young mother calm. He said there were some complications with the umbilical chord being wrapped around the baby’s neck. He said Lugo was key in comforting the mother so the situation wouldn’t escalate.
“It was a 19 year old mom, so new mom first child,” Carnes said.
Aside from the child, there were also a series of other firsts.
“19 years that I’ve been doing this job, I’ve never had to help and assist in a child birth,” Bushey said.
Lugo said this was also her first child birth, and it’ll be tough to top.
“It’s definitely one of those things where you go into work and you kind of prepare for the worst and then all of a sudden this comes up and it’s like ‘Oh yeah, this is a good part. This is what we’re doing this for,'” she said.
It was a special moment for everyone involved.
“Officers, paramedics we see a lot of bad, a lot of different things that would shock the conscience of a normal human being. Seeing something like this, bringing a nice innocent baby into the world, is something unimaginable,” Bushey said.
The mother and baby were taken to the hospital right away. Carnes said he was a few weeks early, but is perfectly healthy.