A couple pulled into the parking lot of a Jack in the Box restaurant and got more than they planned on ordering when they realized their baby had to be delivered.
The father, Paul Dupree, a paramedic, and his pregnant girlfriend Erin Castro, were on their way to the hospital when they stopped at Jack in the Box, reports WSOCTV.
Castro then told Dupree that she did not think the baby could wait the additional 15 minutes to get to the hospital. They had been to the hospital earlier that day and were sent home because the baby was not ready yet.
Dupree called 911 for assistance, but the baby was not going to wait for an ambulance.
"She told me, ‘I think the head is out,’ and I said, ‘Ohh my,’” Dupree said.
"I never thought I could have a baby without medication and I kept telling him, ‘I can't do this I can't do this,’” said mother Erin Castro.
The 911 dispatcher tried to help the couple with the delivery.
“Is the baby completely out?” the dispatcher asked.
“Yes, I have her in my hands,” Dupree said.
Dupree’s experience as a paramedic for the past twenty years helped a great deal as he had delivered two babies before.
But without his medical kit with him, and the umbilical cord wrapped around the newborn’s neck, Dupree had to get resourceful, reports Fox 30.
"We had to maneuver her a bit to get the cord untangled and once I got the cord untangled I used my shoestring to tie the cord off,” Dupree said.
"I was yelling and hollering. I don't remember what I was saying, but I was praying,” Castro said.
Harper Lynn Dupree, 6-days-old, is perfectly healthy and home from the hospital.
Dupree and Castro saved the shoestring.
"Looking back, it was what was meant to be because her daddy got to deliver her,” Castro said.