MACEDONIA, S.C. (WCBD) – A mother’s birth plan was thrown out the window when her labor came on faster than expected. She couldn’t make it to the hospital, and her baby could’ve died during delivery if not for the help of one South Carolina firefighter.
“I thought I had had a still-born baby, because that’s how she looked. There was nothing… She was just lifeless,” mother Mary Davis recalled.
Davis went into labor about a week before her due date. It started so quickly she did not have any other choice but to have her daughter Kyndall at home.
“We thought it was false labor. I didn’t actually think I was in labor. It just hit all of a sudden, and it was excruciating,” she said.
She called 911 and the Macedonia volunteer firefighters were the first on scene.
“The EMS was quite a ways out and we had to deliver the baby,” explained Macedonia Battalion Chief Jerry Hush.
But the delivery wasn’t that easy. Kyndall was breech and when she was finally born, she wasn’t breathing.
“She was blue, her lips were blue, and she wasn’t breathing, and that’s when you could start to see the worry in everyone’s eyes, you know?” Davis said.
Hush added, “I was concerned. There’s a few minutes that I was really concerned.”
After a few intense minutes, the 6 pound, 7 ounce baby girl began breathing and crying.
“It was a big relief, everyone was hollering, everybody was screaming and hollering. It was like the biggest relief ever,” Davis said.
The new mom now calls Chief Hush a hero.
“If it wasn’t for him, she wouldn’t be here. If it wasn’t for him and the quick thinking of all the responders, she wouldn’t be here,” she explained.
But, Hush said no thanks are needed.
“I’m just doing my job, as any other fireman would do. To me, I think Mary’s the true hero, giving birth to a complicated birth. She’s the real hero, not me; I was just there to assist,” he said.
The mom and Baby Kyndall were both taken to the hospital where they were each given a clean bill of health.