Just after 2:00am Tuesday morning Barbara South pulled over on the side of the road across from CECO Building Systems on Hwy 45 N. and began to give birth. CPD was dispatched to the scene and did all that they could to comfort South until the ambulance arrived. South gave birth to 6 lb. 13 oz baby Brigita in her Honda Odyssey just seconds after BMH-GT ambulance crews arrived. South told The Packet yesterday she felt like the drive from her home in North Columbus was taking “forever”.
“I thought I was on a treadmill, it just took forever…I knew I was close – it just didn’t seem like I was gonna make it.” South said.
South’s husband Rick arrived on scene minutes after the birth, just in time to see his newborn daughter. [Rick had stayed at home with the other five children until help arrived-Ed] The is the 9th child born to the couple, although three of the infants passed away before the age of one due to a rare condition known as spinal-muscular-atrophy, or Werding-Hoffman’s disease. The couple said it is caused by a recessive gene shared by both of them. Baby Brigita arrived at the hospital healthy, and with no complications.
South praised Columbus emergency responders for remaining calm and giving her plenty of “space”. She made a point to make sure we recognize Columbus Packet reporter Alex Hinton, who she said comforted her during the ordeal and lent her a sweatshirt to wrap the newborn in.
“I was so nervous about my baby being sick with how cold it was, Alex was a big help.” South said.0