Construction workers help woman give birth in truck bed

February 12, 1993|By Orange County Register

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A 20-year-old woman gave birth to a 3 1/2 -pound baby in the bed of a pickup, assisted by construction workers, firefighters and paramedics.

Maria Cisneros was walking to Western Medical Center yesterday afternoon when she collapsed on the sidewalk adjacent to the hospital's expansion project, construction superintendent Hal McNeil said.

"She apparently looked like she was fainting, so a gentleman from the building next door grabbed her and said, 'Hey, I think she's having a baby,' " Mr. McNeil said.

The passer-by and some of the Horizon Builders construction crew picked up Ms. Cisneros and placed her in the pickup bed.

"There was this bunch of construction workers, big and brawny, who weren't exactly sure what to do," Mr. McNeil said.

"My plumber grabbed some latex gloves, put them on his hands and proceeded to attempt to deliver the baby."

Firefighters arrived moments later to assist in the breech birth of Ms. Cisneros' baby, a boy who was about one month premature, Santa Ana fire Capt. Tom Overn said.

Medics rushed the infant to the hospital, a few hundred yards away, then returned for Ms. Cisneros. Her baby was listed in critical condition last night, while her condition was listed as good.

"We've had some crazy things happen here, but this rates right

up at the top," Captain Overn said.

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