Los Angeles witnesses say a pregnant woman in labor was forced to wait a half-hour for President Obama’s motorcade to pass before she could cross the street to Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
The unidentified woman was prevented Wednesday afternoon from walking the few hundred feet to the hospital as authorities waited for the president’s motorcade, witness Carrie Clifford told The Blaze.
“I felt bad for her,” Miss Clifford said. “It does happen when Obama comes to L.A. or I’m sure anywhere else. It paralyzes the city, it does make it complicated.”
KNBC-TV reporter Robert Kovacik posted footage of the incident and an interview with a police officer on his Instagram page.
#Obama: Woman in labor on bench as motorcade passes; not allowed to cross street to get to #CedarsSinai,” he wrote.
The woman was seen sitting on a bus stop bench on the south side of 3rd Street just east of Robertson Boulevard.
Mr. Kovacik asked an unidentified sergeant what was “going to happen with the pregnant lady across the street.”
“As soon as we can — it looks like the motorcade is coming through right about now, so we’ll be able to open it up for traffic,” the sergeant says in the video.
“The first thing we’ll try to get through will be an ambulance, but I can’t guarantee there will be…,” the officer says before the 15-second video cuts off.
A picture taken by Miss Clifford showed medics attending to the woman as they waited for the road to reopen, The Blaze reported.
The pregnant woman eventually made her way to the hospital. No word on whether she has given birth yet, KNBC-TV reported.