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Pasco County Emergency Communications Officer helps a father deliver his own son

Posted at 12:08 AM, Jul 28, 2016
A Pasco County Emergency Communications Officer helped a father deliver his own son, Tuesday evening.
 
Rebecca Demedeiros has worked as a dispatcher for less than a year. She never expected the 911 call she received at 5:24 p.m. yesterday.
 
"I was trying to calm (him) and myself at the same time," Demedeiros said.
 
According to the 911 caller, he and his wife were driving to the hospital, but there was traffic. The husband called 911 and asked Demedeiros for advice. 
 
He said in part, "My wife is delivering the baby. I don't know what to do".
 
Demedeiros told the caller to pull over somewhere safe. The father pulled into a gas station along State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel where they delivered the baby in the car. She guided him on what to do next including keeping his wife and the baby warm, how to cut the umbilical cord, and instructing him on how to save the placenta until an ambulance arrived. Then they were taken to a hospital.
 
"I heard the sound of someone else's baby for the first time so it was really miraculous," Demedeiros said.
 
According to county officials, mom and the baby are doing fine. Authorities said the family did not want to do any on camera interviews.