Army medic delivers his own son in traffic after fatal crash

Army Paramedic Falaq Gaither's wife Pamela was in labor when the crash brought traffic to a standstill


By Laura French

BRYAN COUNTY, Ga. — An Army paramedic in Georgia delivered his own son in his vehicle near the scene of a fatal crash on Saturday. 

Army Paramedic Falaq Gaither was driving his wife Pamela to the hospital for the birth of the couple's second child when a three-vehicle crash occurred on the road ahead of them, bringing traffic to a halt, according to WAVE 3

Bryan County Emergency Services Firefighter-EMT Drew Davies said a police officer approached him at the crash scene and said that someone in a vehicle stopped in traffic was about to give birth. Falaq Gaither and some first responders who had responded to the crash helped deliver the couple's second son, Charles, in the passenger's seat of the vehicle. 

An ambulance soon arrived to transport the newborn and mother to the hospital. Pamela Gaither said her husband wasn't originally going to be at the birth due to COVID-19 restrictions and that the birth was a silver lining to the tragic incident., 

The crash, in which one vehicle collided head-on with another vehicle and then struck a third vehicle, killed two people, identified as Sergio Miguel Ortega-Gonzalez and Jessica Thornburg. Another person was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.  

 

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