A family from Iowa got a Christmas miracle in an unusual way. Jessika Thurman delivered her own baby in the front seat of a van while speeding down an interstate toward a nearby hospital.
Arielle Rose Thurman was delivered weighing seven pounds and one ounce, doctors say she is completely healthy. Thurman says she couldn’t stop her baby girl from coming out and ultimately just “opened up my sweatpants and just scooped her out.”
Thurman woke up from a nap Friday afternoon with contractions, and less than 30 minutes later, she had delivered her daughter in the front seat of a red van as her husband, Danny, frantically called 911 while trying to get Thurman to a hospital, according to KCCI.
“I just held her in my hands and just stared at her and I couldn’t even say anything,” Thurman said. “I was completely speechless.”
The couple eventually caught up with an ambulance at a convenience store, which took Thurman and her baby to the hospital
Jessika Thurman said it was only about 20 minutes between when she woke up from a nap with contractions to when she delivered her own baby sitting upright in the passenger seat of the van. The moment was captured on a 911 call with a dispatcher.
“It was pretty panicky. We were both kind of screaming. I’m screaming at him, he’s screaming at the lady on the phone,” said Jessika Thurman.
With the help of the 911 dispatchers, the Thurmans met the medics at a Casey’s store off the Altoona and Bondurant exit, and the family was taken to the hospital.
Three days later when things have calmed down, the couple is thrilled doctors said their beautiful baby girl is completely healthy.
Jessika’s due date was actually on Monday. She said this is the best early Christmas present she could have asked for.