It was just a routine trip to the gas station for one Florida obstetrician. Unexpectedly, it turned into a tense situation when he was flagged down by a frantic man to help his wife in labor. When he ran over and saw the woman, he realized the urgency.
On Dec. 8 at around 6:30 p.m., Dr. Javier Soto, an obstetrician-gynecologist, stopped by the Speedway in Merritt Island, Florida, to fill up his gas tank while on his way to perform a scheduled baby delivery at Rockledge Regional Medical Center, as reported by PEOPLE.
Just as he was pumping gas, a pickup truck pulled into the gas station’s parking spot.
A panicked man jumped out of the truck, which was being driven by a friend. The guy who jumped out looked extremely anxious, and was heard saying to someone on his cell phone, “What am I going to do?”
As luck would have it, the anxious man noticed Soto’s blue hospital scrubs and approached him, asking if he was a medical professional.
“I hesitantly said ‘yes,’” Soto told PEOPLE.
The man led Soto to the truck, where his wife, in labor, was lying on the back seat.
In a strange twist of fate, Soto recognized the woman—she used to be his patient, and had switched clinics due to an insurance issue.
Soto realized the urgency of the situation when he saw that the crown of the baby’s head was already on its way out. “I could wait for the ambulance or deliver the baby,” he said.
Soto, an obstetrician-gynecologist with 13 years of experience, immediately leaped into action. He directed the father to find scissors and gloves inside the station. Next, he asked the father’s friend to get him the shoelaces from his sneakers.
When Soto had everything he needed, he got down to work.
He slipped on the food preparation gloves, and recalled telling the woman, “I said, go ahead and push and we’ll have a baby,” Florida Today reported.
Surprisingly, with just one push, a healthy baby boy was born, at around 7 p.m.
Soto then dried and massaged the baby till he made his first cry. After which, he used the shoelaces to tie the umbilical cord before cutting it.
“Thank God everything came out fine,” Soto thought. “She has an angel watching over her, that’s for sure,” he said, alluding to the lucky mother.
The ambulance arrived shortly afterward to transport both mother and her newborn to the hospital for post-natal care. Later, Soto went on to deliver another baby as scheduled, per a Fox News report.
Soto felt happy to be able to lend a hand. He thinks God “put me there for some reason,” because coincidentally, the baby was born on Dec. 8—the date when Soto’s mother passed away 12 years ago.
“God has a purpose for everything,” Soto said.
“I’m an Ob-Gyn, what are the odds?” he told News6.
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