A California woman gave birth to a baby girl on the side of a freeway Wednesday night, after her bid to get to hospital in time stalled out.
Ally Kiyomura and her husband Jeffrey left their home in Gardena around 9 p.m. after she started feeling contractions that were four minutes apart, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“She figured the baby was going to come early,” Jeffrey later told OnScene.TV.
While on the 5 Freeway en route to UCI Medical Center, however, Ally asked her husband to pull over because “the baby was going to come out.”
“I got out of the car and came out to the passenger side, and all of a sudden the head was out, and the baby was already here,” Jeffrey explained.
Orange County Fire Authority first responders were called to the scene around 9:30. OCFA fire captain Jorge Robledo told The Times that while he had assisted with deliveries before, highway births are rare.
“The baby is happy, healthy — a normal delivery is what it seems,” he told the outlet.
Ally and her newborn were transported by ambulance to Anaheim Regional Medical Center.
In a text to The Times, Jeffrey Kiyomura shared that the couple tragically suffered a stillbirth last year, and are happy and thankful that the baby is healthy.
“I feel like this is all a dream,” the message read. “I’m happy the baby is here and healthy along with my wife. I am so glad that everything turned out just right without any complications.”
The Kiyomuras are not the only family to have their birth plans thwarted by baby’s impatience. Last month, The Post reported on a UK woman who suddenly delivered to her daughter in the back of a taxi, only to be charged a cleaning fee by the cab company just days later.
“I understand that I did make a mess, but it’s a bit cheeky to have charged me,” new mom-of-two Farah Cacanindin said at the time.