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March 5, 2021
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MacGyver Birthing
(wgvu) - You probably won't find a turkey baster
in the typical maternity ward. But the kitchen device proved useful
when an Upper Peninsula woman gave birth at home.
Shannon Mata of Gladstone went into labor yesterday morning,
although her baby wasn't due until December 14.
Her husband was out of town, so she called her mother-in-law.
There wasn't time to drive to the hospital. As they waited for
an ambulance, the mother-in-law spoke with an emergency medical
technician by phone.
Fortunately, an off-duty paramedic was driving nearby with his
radio on. Edwin LaCosse rushed over as the baby girl was being
He used a turkey baster to clear her nose and mouth, and a
shoelace to tie off the umbilical cord.
Mother and baby are fine today.
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