Jessica Stanley and her fiancé, Antavian Milton, hope their newborn twin boys will grow up to be “strong men,” becoming teachers or maybe even lawyers.
But the young parents’ hopes could have come to a sudden end had it not been for the quick actions of a Baptist Hospital gastroenterology technician who helped deliver one of the twins on the road.
Early on Friday morning, Stanley’s water broke and the family headed toward Jackson South Community Hospital. While driving east on Southwest 152nd Street, a driver pulled out in front of them, causing them to slam into her car.
“I could see it happening before it even happened,’’ said 26-year-old Stanley, whose head hit the windshield and whose abdomen smashed into the dashboard. “After that, I don’t remember too much.”
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Betty Horne, the Baptist technician, was driving behind them when she heard Milton yell: “She is having a baby."
Horne pulled over, took a towel from her car and ran to help the mother deliver Antavian II.
“The baby was not crying,” Horne told NBC Miami. “So I took my index finger and I swiped the baby’s mouth, and he started crying. And I said, ‘Cry, baby, cry.’ ”
“That nurse was a blessing,” said 31-year-old Milton, who rushed out of the car to help his three daughters in the back seat but was too scared to touch his fiancée, fearing he might complicate the birth. “I really didn’t know what to do.”
Fire-rescue took Stanley and Antavian II to Jackson South, 9333 SW 152nd St. Doctors and nurses performed a Caesarean section to deliver the second baby boy. Antavian III, who weighed 7 pounds and 7 ounces, was born at about 7:22 a.m. Friday.
“The umbilical cord had prolapsed, and that reduced oxygen and blood flow to the baby,” said Martha Peroldo, a midwife with Community Health of South Florida.
“The mortality risk is very high.”
Dr. Gerald Pierre, an OB/GYN with Community Health of South Florida, did the C-section while Peroldo moved the baby’s head to relieve the pressure on the umbilical cord.
“I think God is looking after her,” said Pierre of Stanley, who delivered in the 38th week of her pregnancy. “It’s almost a miracle, really, the way things happened for her.”
“I was scared,” said 9-year-old Shatavia, who was sitting in the back seat with her younger sisters, 3-year-old Kyimariah and 1-year-old Patrice. “I had hit the front seat, and I couldn’t see so good.”
At a press conference Monday morning, Stanley and Milton told their story as Kyimariah kissed Antavian II’s right cheek.
“Kyimariah is in love with them already,” Stanley said. “She keeps asking me, ‘Mom, when are the babies coming home?’ I’ll have my little helper at home.”
Next to Stanley, Milton held Antavian III.
“Right now, I’ve been working so much, I just want to have them all at home and be able to bond,” said Milton, who is a cook at North Miami’s Bulldog Barbecue and Burger.
On Monday afternoon, Stanley and Antavian III were discharged, but Antavian II will stay in the hospital to receive a regimen of antibiotics to help prevent complications from his roadside birth.
“I just want to be with them,’’ Stanley said. “And maybe take some family photos.”