Sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right time. Thankfully for the pregnant Jessica Stanley, who was in labor with twins, Betty Horne was that right person.
Around 6 a.m., Friday morning, September 20, Horne was on her way to work at Baptist Hospital in southwest Miami, Florida. “I heard bam!” explained Horne, as she saw the crash of the car in front of her. She got out of her car to see if she could help and saw Antavian Milton, Stanley’s fiancée, leap out of the wrecked car yelling, “She’s gonna have a baby.” Horne, a gastroenterology technician, jumped into action, grabbing a towel from her car, running to assist the pregnant woman inside. When she opened the car door, she saw Stanley, legs apart, and saw the baby’s head. That’s when she told Milton, “She’s having the baby now. And he said, ‘She’s having twins.” “And I thought, ‘oh, my God,’” said Horne.
Carefully, she held the baby’s head and slowly drew him out. “I swiped the baby’s mouth and he started crying and I said ‘cry, baby, cry.’” Horne handed the towel-wrapped baby to Stanley, reassuring her that the baby was fine, soon after the paramedics arrived. Stanley gave birth to baby number two at the hospital by cesarean section.
During the birth, a passerby stopped to pray for them. Horne admits she thought then, “God has got this under control.”
This unlikely hero says she doesn’t feel she did anything heroic. According to Horne, “I feel like we’ve all got to help each other.”
Little Antavian II and Antavian III, both weighed in a little over seven pounds and are doing fine. No one was injured.
By: Lisa Nance