Baby born on highway, parents thank 911 operator
UTAH COUNTY, Utah (KUTV) - An Eagle Mountain family returned home from the Intermountain Medical Center (IMC) Sunday with their new baby girl. But baby Anne Allred wasn't born at the Murray hospital. Kristin Allred gave birth to her 8.4-pound daughter in the family truck, 6 miles from IMC.
"We were almost to the hospital, didn't know if we were going to quite make it," Kristin said. "My body told me I needed to push, and here she is!"
Kristin started feeling contractions around 1 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 18. Her husband, Shay, started driving them to the hospital a few minutes later.
Kristin's three other labors took about eight hours. This one took less than 90 minutes.
"Once she took off her seat belt and said, 'Oh my God I need to push,' I knew something was different this time," said Shay.
Shay called 911 when they were about halfway to the hospital.
911 dispatch operator William Kalaher picked up the call.
"I mean, we joke, 'Oh you're going to get a pregnancy call,' and then it actually happens. You train for it, and then here we are. I really wasn't expecting it. But you've got to be ready for it. It's 911," said Kalaher.
Kalaher is still in his probationary training period. He just started taking solo calls two weeks ago.
"We do daily training calls that help us be prepared, because you never expect it. It just happens when it happens," said Kalaher. "Daily training is where it comes into play. Honestly, my entire focus was on those two."
Kristin gave birth on I-15 near 10600 South, but they quickly realized something was wrong with the baby. The umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck.
"At first she came out and she cried. And then she just went limp. That's when [Kalaher] went, 'Is she breathing?' and we realized she wasn't," said Shay. Luckily, Kalaher knew what to do.
"And that was when William said, 'Alright, listen to me very carefully. This is what I need you to do,'" said Shay.
William can be heard guiding Shay in the 911 call:
"I need you to take a string--a shoelace, possibly--and tie it tightly around the umbilical chord about 6 inches from the baby. I need you to do it now and tell me when it's done."
The baby started breathing 30 seconds later.
"As soon as we tilted her head back, she just gasped her first breath and it was like, ah, thank goodness," said Shay.
"He definitely helped us stay calm in the fact of helping her breathe, because that was just terrifying," said Kristin.
Five minutes later, police and paramedics arrived on scene to check the baby and mother. They were admitted to the hospital on Friday and were released on Sunday.
"It was just so comforting to have him. It felt like he was right there with us," Shay said about William.
"And it was so cool to hear that on the phone, 'Oh it's a baby girl!' That's cool!"
William said this was his first major call.
"I think that was best case scenario," he said. "They knew what they were doing and with my help they were able to get the baby breathing. I couldn't have really asked for better callers."
"The first thing I did was call my mom! I was like, 'Mom, I delivered a baby on I-15!' And she's like, 'What?'" said William.