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Baby wouldn't wait for mom to reach the hospital : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Baby wouldn't wait for mom to reach the hospital
Oswego Paramedics help mom make safe delivery in ambulance

by Tony Scott

3/6/2014

A pregnant Amanda Sexton of Yorkville was being raced to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora by her father-in-law on the evening of Feb. 16 when her brand new son had plans for an early arrival.

The pair were driving along Orchard Road in Oswego when Amanda told her father-in-law that she was having the baby at that moment. Oswego Fire Protection District paramedics were called, and four minutes later they arrived at the scene on Orchard Road at Budlong _Road.

Five minutes later, firefighter-paramedics Josh McElroy and Jimm Pechinski helped deliver an eight-pound, four-once baby boy named Braylan Blake William Sexton in their ambulance.

The family - including Amanda, father Jeff, big sister Addison and Braylan - were on hand Monday afternoon at the Oswego Fire Station No. 1 on Woolley Road in Oswego to thank McElroy, Pechinski and the rest of the Oswego firefighter-paramedics who helped on the call.

Also Monday, the department applied a blue stork sticker to the side of the ambulance that Braylan was born in, with the baby's name and weight.

Amanda recalled telling her father-in-law, also named Jeff, that she was having the baby while in the car.

"I told my father-in-law that he had to pull over and deliver the baby, and he didn't believe me," Amanda said. "I said, 'The head's coming - you have to pull over and deliver this baby.' And he's like, 'I can't do that!' But, I said, you have to! That's when he called 9-1-1 and we pulled off."

Father Jeff Sexton had left his job in Naperville after getting a call from Amanda that her contractions were coming quicker; he later got the call that she was already on her way to the hospital with her father-in-law. He checked her in at the hospital ahead of time, and was still waiting 25 minutes later when he got a call from his dad that his wife and newborn son were on their way to Rush-Copley in an ambulance.

McElroy and Pechinski said this was the first time they've delivered a baby while out in the field. Both have been with the department for 10 years.

"For everything we do everyday, it's pretty rare," Pechinski said.

The two firefighter-paramedics reassured Amanda during delivery, with McElroy telling her he has five kids of his own.

"They kept me laughing pretty much the whole ride," Amanda said. "They're like, 'Oh, we do this all the time!' I'm like, 'You do?' And they're like, 'No.'"






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