Firefighter saves newborn’s life during complicated home birth

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) — A South Carolina mother’s birth plan was thrown out the window when her labor came on faster than expected. She couldn’t make it to the hospital, and her baby could’ve died during delivery if not for the help of one local firefighter.

The mother, Mary Davis, described what happened to a local reporter.

“I thought I had had a stillborn baby because that’s how she looked,” Davis said. “There was nothing … She was just lifeless.”

Davis went into labor about a week before her due date, and it started so quickly, she did not have any other choice by to have the baby at home.

“We thought it was false labor, I didn’t actually think I was in labor. It just hit all of the sudden, and it was excruciating,” Davis said.

Her family called 911 and the Macedonia volunteer firefighters were the first on the scene.

“The EMS was quite a ways out and we had to deliver the baby,” Macedonia Battalion Chief Jerry Hush said.

But it wasn’t that easy. The baby was breech and when they finally got her out, she wasn’t breathing.

“She was blue, her lips were blue, and she wasn’t breathing,” Davis said. “And that’s when you could start to see the worry in everyone’s eyes, you know?”

Hush said he was worried too.


“I was concerned. There’s a few minutes that I was really concerned,” he said.

But Hush wouldn’t give up, and after a few minutes, the baby was breathing and crying.

“It was a big relief, everyone was hollering, everybody was screaming and hollering. It was like the biggest relief ever,” Davis said.

She calls Chief Hush a hero.

“If it wasn’t for him, she wouldn’t be here. If it wasn’t for him, and the quick thinking of all the responders, she wouldn’t be here,” Davis said.

But, Hush told reporters that no thanks are needed.

“I’m just doing my job, as any other fireman would do,” he said. “To me, I think Mary’s the true hero, giving birth to a complicated birth. She’s the real hero, not me, I was just there to assist.”

EMS did bring mom and baby to the hospital afterward and both have a clean bill of health. The newborn is a six pound, seven-ounce little girl named Kyndall and her mom calls her a “miracle baby”.

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