A close call for a pregnant mom during yesterdays snowfall
A special delivery for one Connecticut mom made for a dramatic story with a happy ending.
Cynthia Mello was expecting her second child when her water broke 11 days early. It happened during the height of Thursday’s snowstorm. Snow or not, little Jack was on his way.
“I didn’t think we were going to make it to the hospital on time. I told my husband to start shoveling the driveway. He came back in minutes later and told me there was too much snow,” Mello recalled.
Mello’s husband called 9-1-1, but the snow was quickly piling up and the driving conditions were getting worse. She didn’t know if the ambulance would get her from her home in Tolland to Saint Francis Hospital in Harftord in time.
“The ambulance driver told me he had such a hard time getting to us. We live up on a hill and they had a plow with them leading the way. The driver led us all the way to the hospital,” said Mello.
It wasn’t what she expected, but without that plow driver she says they never would have made it. A trip that usually takes her 20 minutes turned in a 2-hour ordeal.
“We were on I-84 and there were 4 tractor trailers that had jackknifed. We had to turn around and take back roads to the hospital,” Mello said.
They safely made it to the hospital and hours later little Jack William Mello was born.
Cynthia and Jack’s unusual escort is now the talk of the hospital.
“She called the ambulance because her water broke and the next thing we know we have a snow plow leading her in the ambulance so she can have her baby on time,” said Pat McDonald, a nurse.
Not only does baby Jack have a great story to tell his friends one day, he also has a very appropriate nickname- Jack Frost.