- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

ETHAN, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota woman has given birth to a baby boy in the family car on the way to the hospital.

Phil and Amanda Johnson were making the 30-minute drive from Emery to the Parkston hospital early Tuesday when she began to deliver the baby. Phil Johnson stopped at a stop sign in Ethan, just in time to reach over and grab the baby’s head. Amanda, who is a nurse, caught the baby’s body.

Phil Johnson says the baby briefly had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, but began crying as soon as it was untangled.

He says baby Eli is 7 pounds, 1 ounce and healthy. He says the event was an adrenaline rush that was “pretty insane” for him and his wife.


This story has been corrected to show the name of the community is Emery, not Emory.

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