Medic Born in the Back of an Ambulance Spends Birthday Delivering Baby in Back of an Ambulance

A medic who was born in the back of an ambulance spent his 42nd birthday delivering a baby in the back of an ambulance, The Washington Post reports.

Firefighter Daniel Helsel joked with his partner about the coincidence of getting a call to help a woman in labor on his birthday. Just minutes later, he was delivering a baby that same way he’d come into the world.

They loaded the expectant mother in the back and headed for Prince George’s Hospital Center.

“As soon as she got in the ambulance, the baby’s head” appeared, Helsel told The Post. “Everything was good with the delivery, albeit in the back of an ambulance.”

Via The Post:

Helsel said he was born on the side of the Beltway when his mother was on her way to Holy Cross Hospital in 1975. His mother had been in labor for 15 minutes, called 911 and was in the back of an ambulance from Landover Hills when he was delivered by a medic working his first night on the job.

Helsel said his delivery of the baby girl must have been “fate.” The 17-year-veteran of the Prince George’s County Fire Department said he had never worked on his birthday until Monday.

“We were just trying to get her to the hospital,” Helsel told the paper. “In the moment, you’re just trying to do your job.”

The baby arrived in good health and got cleaned up as the ambulance continued to the hospital.

“We placed the baby on mom’s chest and continued bouncing down the road to the hospital,” Helsel said.

After bringing the new mother and her newborn to the hospital, Helsel headed back to the firehouse where he was joined for a birthday celebration by his family.