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Bethany and Jared Hojnacki with baby Lucy
Bethany and Jared Hojnacki with baby Lucy
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Woman stranded in snowstorm gives birth in fire station

Mother and daughter are doing well.
Nov 20th 2014, 10:41 AM 16,274 29

A WOMAN WHO had went into labour while stranded in a snowstorm in New York state gave birth in a fire station.

Bethany Hojnacki went into labour at around 7.30am on Tuesday morning, right as a massive snowstorm was battering her area.

Luckily, her husband Jared witnessed fire-fighters helping a stranded motorist near their house. Even more luckily (luckilier?), that motorist turned out to be a labour and delivery nurse.

Locals attempted to clear a path for a fire department vehicle to bring Bethany to hospital, but it soon got stuck.

Fire officials brought her to the fire station nearby, where another nurse was also stranded. There, at around 9.30pm, her baby daughter Lucy arrived.

“It was kind of incredible. God really put the people who needed to be in the right spot for us at the right time,” Jared Hojnacki, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 programme yesterday.

“It’s not odds; it’s God,” he said. “It’s more than amazing. We’re so blown away by God’s grace.”

The good news comes as eight people have died in the area as a year’s worth of snow fell within the space of a few days.

Read: Deadly US snow burst kills 8 people… and there’s more snow to come

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