BUTLER (KDKA) — A newborn baby arrived on Ridge Avenue in Butler County as a bit of a surprise for everybody.
The call came in to dispatcher Shawn Pistorius at 7:02 a.m. Monday. “She said she was having a baby,” he said.
What the woman said next gave Shawn pause for thought. “She said she didn’t know she was pregnant,” Pistorius said.
The call was disconnected. When he called back, the woman’s 13-year-old son answered.
When the 42-year-old dispatcher asked how the boy’s mother was doing, he told him the baby’s head was already starting to show. At that point the mother was beyond helping herself.
“She just did a lot of screaming,” Pistorius said.
Referring to cards next to his console, the dispatcher and the 13-year-old worked together.
“Went through the questions, got him to get clean towels and it was just a couple of minutes later the baby was out,” Pistorius said.
Asking if the baby was breathing, Shawn told the boy to rub the newborn’s back. “And the baby started crying so that was a good thing,” he said.
The boy had taken his first step as a big brother. “He was real calm. He did a really good job.”
“All of our dispatchers are trained to handle these types of emergencies,” Butler County Emergency Services Director Frank Matis said. “It’s what we expect, but Shawn did a very good job.”
Though this was Shawn’s first delivery in his 18 years as a dispatcher, he is the father of a son and daughter.
Mom and baby girl remain at Butler Memorial Hospital. They’re doing okay.