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Officer Delivers Surprise Baby Mom Didn't Know About

Texas woman called 911 for help



    A Carrollton police officer with no training in labor and delivery, helped a mother give birth to a baby boy Wednesday night. The birth was a surprise for Officer Gene Kimpton and the parents. (Published Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013)

    A North Texas police officer didn't expect to deliver a baby when he was called to a home on Wednesday morning -- and neither did the mother.

    Dispatch had simply told Officer Gene Kimpton that there was a 911 caller inside the Carrollton home with an unknown emergency.

    "I totally did not expect to be delivering a baby," he said with a laugh.

    "I was expecting something like a burglary in progress or something like that at the house," he said. "When I first approached the house, I had my gun out."

    But he quickly put his gun away after he entered the home in the 1700 block of Pleasant Run Drive and found a young child in the living room. He asked the boy where his mother was, and the child pointed to the bathroom.

    Kimpton found a woman on the bathroom floor who was in the process of giving birth.

    When she had called 911, she had simply told the operator, "Help me, please." With the help of a Spanish translator, she requested an ambulance. But she did not know what was wrong -- and she didn't know she was pregnant.

    A next-door neighbor recalled asking the woman if she was pregnant months before, but she said she was dealing with other medical issues.

    The woman told the 911 translator that she was having liver problems and that doctors had given her medication.

    The baby was also a shock to the woman's husband, who arrived home shortly after his wife and newborn were taken by ambulance to Baylor Medical Center.

    "I told him, 'Congratulations, you're a dad of a little boy,'" Kimpton said. "He was stunned. He had no idea this was coming."

    Kimpton had never delivered a baby before. His police training had taught him to deal with cuts and wounds, but nothing like delivering a child. But instinct kicked in for the father of two, and he went to work.

    "I realized what was happening, and I had to act. I had to help the baby out," he said. "Once we got the baby out, he was crying. We wrapped the baby in a towel, and I held it until the paramedics got there."

    Kimpton even held the baby boy while the paramedics cut the umbilical cord.

    While it was one of the more unexpected calls he's ever had, Kimpton said he is glad he could help.

    "I wasn't expecting to deliver a baby that day, mom and dad apparently weren't expecting to be new parents that day, either -- it took everybody by surprise," he said. "[It was] pretty incredible, helping a new life into the world unexpectedly."

    Despite the surprise birth, the baby is healthy, police say. He and his mother were resting comfortably at the hospital Thursday.

    The family declined to comment, saying it would like to remain private.