A woman gave birth to a little girl on her own in the early hours of Sunday morning during Hurricane Irma. The woman went into labor during one of the worst hurricanes to hit Florida in many years.
The city of Miami Fire was unable to reach a woman to either take her to the hospital or assist her in delivery her child due to storm winds, so she was forced to deliver her baby at home. The City of Miami confirmed that they were unable to get to the woman in Little Haiti during her labor. As a result, the staff at Jackson Health Systems of Jackson Memorial Hospital walked the woman through the home birth. A dispatcher and the medical staff coached her through her entire delivery over the phone.
Out of 41 rescue calls placed overnight, City of Miami Fire could only respond to three. Those in charge of the Miami rescue squads and their safety during the horrific storm told rescue crews to use their best judgment in determining whether or not to respond to emergency calls.
The woman and her newborn baby girl were later taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital just as soon as they could be safely transported to the hospital. Both Mama and baby girl are healthy and safe. The little girl came into the world just scant hours before the life-threatening storm made landfall.
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This morning @CityofMiamiFire crew was able to transport baby and mom to Jackson Hospital.
— City of Miami (@CityofMiami) September 10, 2017
Assistant Fire Chief Eloy Garcia stated –
“We weren’t able to respond. So she delivered the placenta, also. Dispatch told her how to tie it off. She’s stable at home. We made contact with the assistant medical director here. Talked things through.”
Miami-Dade police helped with the transport and welcomed the little girl, named Nayiri Storm, into the world, stating –
“Welcome to the world baby Nayiri Storm! Glad our officers were able to assist the family safely from hospital to hotel. #PerfectName.”
— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) September 9, 2017
National Weather Service officials in Miami reported wind gusts of 82 miles per hour (mph) at Miami International Airport. Miami-Dade County was one of the most severely hit areas. At its peak, Irma sustained 185 mph winds. That’s one of the strongest wind speeds ever recorded for a hurricane. The strongest wind speed ever recorded is 190 mph.
Hurricane Irma maintained that 185 mph for nearly 37 hours which is a record for the duration of winds of that intensity. According to a meteorologist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Jeff Weber, these type of winds are “similar to a tornado, except this tornado is 80 miles wide. Irma was a Category 5 storm for 3.25 days, which ties the previous record. The evacuation for Hurricane Irma is the largest listed on record with approximately 6.3 million people in just Florida alone ordered to leave their homes.
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