PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It was just after 11 a.m. when the Harmony ambulance crew in Butler County got the call about a baby being born on the side of Lindsay Road in Jackson Township.
Chase Texter and his fiancé, Brandy Palyash, were trying to make it to Mercy Hospital, which is a 45-minute drive from their home in Butler.
Brandy went into labor, and since the couple has gone through this twice before, they thought they had lots of time.
The baby knew just how little time they did have. Chase realized that a little too late.
“Got on the road, got past Evans City and it sped up,” Chase said. “She said she felt like she needed to push and she says it was coming out, so I had to pull over, and deliver it on the side of the road.”
I know what you are thinking, why didn’t they call 911? They did. Chase says 911 told them to try to make it to UMPC Cranberry, and again, the baby had her own schedule.
The father realized that when this happened.
“The head was coming out, and I said, ‘Go ahead and push’ and she pushed,” Chase said. “It came out. I pulled it up.”
Chase says at first the baby wasn’t breathing, but he cleaned out her mouth and everything was fine. He told KDKA-TV’s Brenda Waters he knew what to do from watching television and the fact that they have two other children. When asked if there would be other babies and if he would be delivering them, Chase said no on both counts.
They named the baby girl Bella Rose. When she leaves the hospital, she will join her nine-year-old sister and two-year-old brother at home in Butler.