Firefighters arrive just in time to help deliver baby on side of Calif. freeway
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KTLA)-- Orange County firefighters arrived with seconds to spare to help complete the delivery of a baby girl who was born on the side of the 405 Freeway in Seal Beach.
Firefighter/paramedics were sent to the family's aid after Nagaraj Badavide pulled his green Toyota Highlander to the left shoulder of the freeway near Seal Beach Boulevard on Sunday afternoon.
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His pregnant wife's water had broken on the way to Irvine, he told an emergency dispatcher.
A 911 call of the birth, was released by the Orange County Fire Authority on Monday.
"It looks like the baby is coming out," Badavide tells the dispatcher on the recording.
Dispatcher Grace Romero calmly tells Badavide to make sure his wife lies back, puts her legs up and does not push.
"Don't push, don't push!" Badavide cries out.
Photos of the adorable family and their newborn baby:
Romero tells him to take off his shirt and prepare to wrap it around the infant. As Romero tries to confirm where exactly the SUV is stopped, the mother can be heard crying out in background.
The couple's 12-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son were also in the SUV.
The daughter soon tells the Romero that the child's head has emerged, and the dispatcher instructs the family use gentle pressure to keep the newborn from coming out too quickly.
First responders can be heard arriving in the background.
"The paramedics are there with you?" Romero asks the girl, who confirms. "Good job, OK? Congratulations."
Paramedics were able to help the mother, Anuradha Suratkal, finish her delivery on the roadside. Mom and newborn were hospitalized at Los Alamitos Medical Center.
Fire engines blocked the carpool lane, which was shut down by a California Highway Patrol SigAlert for 30 minutes, OCFA Capt. Steve Concialdi said.
"Everybody just waited for this little princess to be born," Concialdi said at the hospital on Monday.
Photos and video provided by the Fire Authority showed Suratkal smiling happily in a hospital bed alongside her new daughter.
Suratkal said it was "a very emotional moment," being asked about the experience.
"Thank you to all the firefighters and the paramedic crew (who) save both mine and my daughter's life," Suratkal said. "You are real heroes."
The little girl was not immediately named.
She was born at 4:30 p.m., at 21 1/2 inches and 7 pounds, 13 ounces.
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