PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It was the ride of a lifetime, that ended with a new life.
A local father who ran out of time trying to get his pregnant wife to the hospital, ended up delivering his own son.
Monday morning Brian and wife Francesca knew that their little boy was not going to wait.
“We had no idea she was in labor.” Brian said.
But at 27-weeks, the baby was early, nearly three-months early.
A call to the doctor changed everything. “He said, ‘no it’s too early for false labor. You need to get down to the hospital right away.”
“She was saying I don’t know if we’re gonna make it. I don’t think we’re gonna make it…and I’m like alright! alright!”
“I shouldn’t say this on TV, but I ran a few red lights.”
Then they ran out of time. Brian pulled over on Fifth Avenue near Wilkins.
“I’m like okay! This is happening! Better call 911.”
While a 911 Dispatcher walked Brian through the delivery, Four-year-old Gianna coached her Mom in the back seat.
“She kept hearing me say Breathe! Relax! Breathe! She’s like Mommy OK! Breathe!” Francesa says.
Alexander arrived in the world at two-pounds, 11-ounces.
“She’s like Mommy I’ve never see you like this before. She goes Honey, I’ve never been like this before…”
After catching his son in his arms, those first seconds were the longest in Brian’s life. The baby was blue and not moving.
“And then he just kind of moved his lips – and I thought – He alive! He’s okay!”
A Pitt student named Kate jogging by stopped to help tie off Alexander’s umbilical cord with Daddy’s shoelace.
Alexander will be some spending time in the “Neonatal Intensive Care Unit” here at Magee, he has more growing to do.
“He’s, you know, tough. He’s the real hero.”
Maybe you noticed his Dad’s “Superman Shirt.” He may never take it off. Actually, we may be getting a first look at “Superman and Son.”
“And with a little cape…” The pint-sized version is from Grandpa!