POLK COUNTY, Fla. - A Polk County deputy was in the right place at the right time when he helped welcome a baby girl into the world.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has nicknamed Isabella Fina Herrera as “Christmas Miracle.”
Officials with the Sheriff’s Office posted Tuesday on its Facebook page that Isabella’s mother, Linda, went into labor Dec. 12 at her home.
The Herrera and Rodriguez family began heading to the hospital in Lake Wales when the contractions became quicker, but they got stuck behind several school buses dropping off children, deputies said.
The couple approached the red light on U.S. 27 in Lake Wales at the RaceTrac gas station, which was miles away from the hospital in Winter Haven, and realized the baby was on her way, deputies said.
Linda looked out her window and saw Deputy Sheriff Adam Pennell also at the red light and flagged him down.
Pennell called EMS to respond to the location, and the deputy, along with the baby’s father and grandmother, helped deliver the baby, deputies said.
The cord was wrapped around Isabella’s neck, but the grandmother unwrapped the cord, gave the baby a few pats and she began breathing.
Isabella was checked out at the hospital in good health, weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces and measuring 18 inches long.
Isabella was due Dec. 30.
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