ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Peter Holland, a Challenger Motor Freight driver from Waterdown, Ont., has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association for his role in delivering a baby at an Arkansas Denny’s.
Also recognized was Fredrick Robatcek, a professional driver from Sauk Rapids, Minn. The drivers were at a Denny’s in Texarkana, Arkansas Nov. 30, 2013 when a pregnant lady went into labour. She was en route to the hospital but stopped at the restaurant to pick up her mother, who worked there. However, the mother had already left for the hospital.
When the woman screamed in agony, Robatcek and Holland rushed over and saw the baby was on its way. They laid the woman down on the carpet and soon realized the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck.
While in contact with 911, the drivers provided assistance. Holland, who had just washed his hands, pushed the baby back inside enough to move the umbilical cord. Soon, the 10-lb, 4-oz baby was born. The drivers gave the mother water and helped clean off the newborn before paramedics arrived.
“Thanks for being there, and not leaving one minute before or one minute after,” the mother told the professional drivers via a local newspaper. “Thank you for saving my baby’s life.”
Holland was moved by the experience, recalling how the baby took a big gasp when he came out and then grabbed Holland’s little finger. “It wasn’t until I got back in my truck and was headed toward Mexico that I realized…I just helped someone through a very difficult situation and delivered a healthy baby boy – and all before breakfast!”
Both drivers receive TCA Highway Angels pins, certificates and patches.