Couple meets dispatcher who helped with baby delivery during Irma

Tatyanna Watkins and boyfriend David Knight thanked Desiree Farrell for walking them through the birth over the phone

By EMS1 Staff

MIAMI — The couple who delivered their own daughter at home during Hurricane Irma reunited with the dispatcher who talked them through it.

ABC News reported that Tatyanna Watkins and her boyfriend David Knight hugged and thanked emergency dispatch supervisor Desiree Farrell, who talked them through the delivery process when they could not leave Knight’s home to have the baby.

“It was such a good relief to have someone on the phone who was trained in that field because I think without that, I don’t think I would have been able to do it,” Knight, who was taught by Farrell how to cut the umbilical cord with a shoelace, said. “I’m very grateful and still in shock, but I am happy.”

Watkins said it was a “traumatizing” experience, but she knew she “had to stay calm about it.”

Farrell said she knew an EMS crew would not be able to reach the couple, so she got assistance from a doctor to help them through it.

“It was so much teamwork and so much effort and just doing what we could,” Farrell said. “I remember at one point the dad saying, ‘Can you please stay on the phone with me?’ and I said, ‘Yes, of course.’”

Destiny Knight was welcomed around 5:30 a.m. and weighed in at 6 pounds, 11 ounces.


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