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Western Ky. baby born at home in midst of storm

Associated Press - January 28, 2009 3:14 AM ET

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Dalton Joseph James Murray had an easy journey into the world in western Kentucky, but his trip to the hospital in the middle of an ice storm was something else.

The boy was born Tuesday morning, about 1 1/2 hours after his mother, Jamie Bryan, began having labor pains. And an hour before the ambulance arrived. Or before it even got close.

The baby's father, Kenneth Murray, assisted in the delivery, aided by Bryan's 12-year-old son, who relayed information from paramedics on the phone.

The Paducah Sun reports that after the baby came, Bryan, of rural Livingston County, had to go by four-wheeler to a fire department four-wheel-drive truck and then to the ambulance, about two miles away. Iced-over roads and hilly terrain kept the ambulance from getting any closer to the house.

Bryan told the newspaper that a friend who is a nurse cut the umbilical cord. The same friend walked and carried the newborn to the four-wheel-drive truck. From there, he was taken with his mother to Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, where both were doing fine.

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