When a North Carolina woman went into labor during blizzard-like conditions, a mystery snow plow driver helped her get to the hospital just in time to give birth a healthy baby boy.
Early Sunday morning, Stephanie Dawson woke up her husband, Hugh, to let him know that the baby was coming –- and for sure this time, since the couple had a couple of prior false alarms, ABC News reported.
Knowing the amount of snowfall they were getting, Hugh was quick to start and defrost the car to begin to wipe the icy windshield clear while Stephanie’s sister, who had come over to look after the couple’s 4-year-old daughter, was bringing him warm water from inside the house to speed up the process.
“There was no time to waste,” Hugh said.
The couple lives in Moyock, North Carolina, about a 7-minute drive from their home to the Virginia. Stephanie’s birth plan to deliver at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach was quickly derailed because the highway hadn’t been cleared yet.
“Steph said we weren’t going to make it to the Virginia Beach [hospital], so we were heading to the Chesapeake one,” Hugh said.
Then, to make matters worse, Hugh’s truck broke down on the way to the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.
“It had stalled out,” he said. “I didn’t have time to find out a diagnosis.”
At this point, Stephanie’s contractions were two minutes apart, he said. As his very pregnant wife was was “hollering” at him, he jumped out of the truck and went across the road to flag down a snow plow operator who was driving in the opposite direction.
The frenzied father-to-be pleaded for the driver for a ride.
“I almost jumped into the road to make sure this guy stops,” he said, telling the driver that is wife was in labor and to please help them get to the hospital.
At first, the driver and passenger were puzzled. But, they agreed to help the couple out.
“They turned around at the next intersection and dropped us off at the hospital,” he said.
The couple had one last obstacle to face once they got to the emergency room: the doors were locked.
By the time the couple went around back, Stephanie’s contractions were about 90 seconds apart. Soon after arriving, Stephanie told doctors and nurses that she was “ready to push.” The baby came so fast that the couple had to fill out the paperwork after Brayden Dawson was born at 5:21 a.m., — less than two hours after the couple left their home.
Now, the Dawsons hope to locate the mystery man who helped them on their treacherous journey to the hospital.
“I want to say thank you. Thank you so much for stopping,” Stephanie said. “Theyw ere on their way to do something. They definitely could’ve just kept going.”
Now before the couple returns home with their newborn son, they first have to retrieve Hugh’s track from an impound lot.