Heroic Woman Delivers Baby From Mom's Wounded Stomach After Car Crash (VIDEO)

Imagine you are driving along a highway at midnight when you spot the thing we all dread spotting on highways -- a horrible car accident. No help has yet arrived on the scene. So it's all up to you. You pull over and rush to the scene of the accident, finding a family, including a man, woman, and a toddler, thrown from the burned, twisted metal wreck of the car that had just flipped over. Then things get even worse. You peer more closely and see that one of the occupants is a heavily pregnant woman. You ask if she and her baby are okay. And that is when you see the stuff of nightmares: The baby's head and hand are poking out from a gaping wound in the mother's stomach.

This is the horrifying and surreal situation that Iria Wolnick, a 36-year-old massage therapist from San Jose, California, found herself in when she was traveling late at night in Texas last year.

After seeing the baby's head and hand emerging from the 19-year-old mom's stomach, and hearing the baby cry, Iria knew she had to do something and quickly. With the eight-month pregnant mom repeatedly asking, "How's my baby?" Iria went to work with very little first aid experience to deliver the baby through the laceration in the mom's stomach.

Another Good Samaritan who had stopped to help tied the baby's umbilical cord with a shoe lace.

Finally help arrived, but it was too late for this new mom, who died at the hospital. She did, however, get to see her baby delivered, get to see the face of the kind woman, herself a mother of four, who helped her. She must have known her baby would be safe. Hopefully that gave her much comfort as she lay dying. But Iria says the woman, 19-year-old Niser Saldana-Quilantan, was conscious enough to tell Iria that she wanted her baby delivered, and safe, and even named her, giving her the name Emma.

Despite being given an award for her heroics, Iria doesn't see herself as a hero, just someone who was doing what a human being should do for another human being.

"She at least left knowing that her baby was safe," says Iria. Yes, at least she had that comfort, the one any mom would want if her own life was trickling out of her.

The husband and toddler survived, and Iria occasionally keeps in touch with them. At the time, Iria was on her way to her mother's funeral. After delivering Emma, she says, "It doesn't feel like I lost her because I feel like I gained something too." Incredible!

What would you have done?


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BiBi Frederick Waltslady

OMG this story is so heartbreaking and wonderful at the same time- Im pregnant and hormonal and emotional and smiling all at the same time!!! Good luck to baby Emma!!! And Iria is truly a HERO

chama... chamamahaha

This is a amazing story, how terribly sad.

Did they say what caused the accident

Austi... Austinsmommy12

I'm with Bibi...2 weeks post partum with a baby girl, and emotional, yet happy. That's one of the most heartbreaking things I've ever read :(

Cari Poissant

Made me cry with happy sad tears. Amazing. Iria you are truly blessed with Angels


 

Charl... Charlyla2

It's nice to hear someone say they were just doing what they needed to do - helping another human being. Oh my God, how tragic and beautiful this situation is but one person made a difference in the world.

Ruby Steele

May God bless you; you acted bravely in a trying circumstance.  Sometimes HE guides us in doing what is necessary.

Mama-... Mama-Bear-of-2

How totally amazing! I'm a mother of two. I cried happy tears and sad tears. What a wonderful yet heartbreaking story! I wish the mom could have survived though! Good luck baby Emma...you're something special! <3

Rita Curry

 All I can say is, Oh my God, what a special woman you are. Thank God you were there and he guided your hands, to save the baby.

Victoria Filippelli-Corbett

Someone with even a small amount of knowledge knows that the correct term would be "abdomen", not "stomach".  The stomach and uterus, etc are inside the abdomen.  Babies do not grow in the stomach.

lasombrs lasombrs

wow. I dont know that i would be able to do that but I hope i could if I ever came across that situation. Glad the mom at least got to meet her daughter and name her before she passed

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