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A Miracle Blooms in Hurricane Sandy: Couple Survives Superstorm and Traps Ambulance to Welcome Boy to Evacuation Center

A Miracle Blooms in Hurricane Sandy: Couple Survives Superstorm and Traps Ambulance to Welcome Boy to Evacuation Center

  • Christine Schleppy, 35 weeks pregnant, started having contractions just as the hurricane touched down on the New Jersey coast
  • Emergency services braved flooded roads and horrific weather to take the mother to hospital

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Amid the devastation and damage of Hurricane Sandy, a New Jersey couple celebrates the miracle of life after enduring a terrifying ordeal to give birth to their baby boy.

A pregnant mother went into labor as the superstorm pounded the northeast Monday night, forcing the mother-to-be in dangerous conditions outside to seek medical attention.

Though only 35 weeks pregnant, Christine Schleppy, 34, started going into labor at her home in Skillman, New Jersey, just as the hurricane was wreaking havoc in the Garden State and warning all residents to seek shelter and stay indoors.

No warning: Mother-to-be Christine Schleppy went into labor early, at 35 weeks, just as Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey on Monday
Braving the storm: David Schleppy called 911 and accompanied his pregnant wife as they frantically sought medical attention Braving the storm: David Schleppy called 911 and accompanied his pregnant wife as they frantically sought medical attention

Christine and David Schleppy get a happy ending after the worst Superstorm Sandy

Desperate for medical attention as her contractions increased in frequency, her husband, David, called 911 and paramedics braved the horrendous weather conditions just as the storm landed.

“We knew that many trees were falling and roads were being closed left and right,” her husband David said ABC news.

First responders tried to transport the couple by ambulance to a hospital in Princeton, but flooding and dangerous road conditions made that impossible.

Aftermath: Scenes of Desolation on the New Jersey Coast Aftermath: Scenes of Desolation on the New Jersey Coast

Aftermath: Scenes of Desolation on the New Jersey Coast

Then the ambulance got stuck in the mud and because the mother was in severe pain, she was taken to a fire engine to take her the rest of the way.

“It was definitely stressful,” her husband said.

The ambulance was finally able to reach a mobile medical unit set up by Hackensack University Medical Center, which had temporarily squatted in the gym of a local church.

The Schleppys welcomed a healthy baby boy, Liam Alexander, at 11pm Monday.

The newborn weighed 5 pounds and 2 ounces. The couple are already parents to five children, but their latest addition is certainly the brood’s most memorable arrival. Mother and child would be healthy and doing well.

They had been transported to a nearby hospital until they could go home.

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