Baby Born on Snow Sled

Shirley Bonanni of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, went into labor Thursday. Before she and her husband Fabian could go to the hospital, they waited for Fabian's parents to come and stay with their two-year-old son. By the time they arrived, after dealing with snow-covered roads, Shirley was so far along in labor that she couldn't walk. The car was down at the bottom of the hill, because the road was too slippery to get it up to the house. At this point, the normal thing to do would be to keep the mother in the house and call for emergency help. But Fabian got a snow sled to take her to the car.

The baby couldn't wait, and came into the world as her mother was being transported.
Neighbor George Leader saw the commotion outside, heard Shirley yelling, and called 911.

"I was on the phone with 911, talking him through it and he certainly delivered his own baby, right there, on the side of the road," Leader said.

Fabian ran the baby -- wrapped in blankets back up to their house. The new Grandma and Grandpa -- who'd watched the birth -- helped George and his roommate carry Shirley, still on the sled, into their house to keep warm.

An ambulance arrived later to take mother and daughter to a hospital for observation. Little Bella Sophia Bonanni is doing well. After the publicity of the birth, Firestone is giving the family four new snow tires so this won't happen again. -via Arbroath

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