State police helped deliver a baby along Interstate-95 in Norwalk Thursday morning.
State troopers were clearing an accident on the shoulder right near exit 16 on 95 south bound. That's when dispatch called them to let them know a couple on the way to hospital would be pulling up behind them. A woman was in labor and the baby wasn't about to wait.
"When I got to Stratford, it was another animal in the car, literally like get this baby out of me,” father Ricardo Vilfranche said.
State police said, Troopers First Class John Ring and Willis Gonzalez along with a Norwalk officer assisted with the birth of Ryan Carter Vilfranche, all six pounds and three ounces.
Vilfranche, mom, Anne, and big sister, Rianne, were heading to the Stamford Hospital on Thursday morning. But with 95 backed up, there was really no place to go.
"I asked how far the contractions were,” Ring said. “They said 3-4 minutes and I was like, ‘OK, we need an ambulance here fast.’"
After getting the mom out of the car, the troopers tried to make her comfortable alongside I-95. They told Eyewitness News the baby was starting to crown.
EMTs arrived on the scene and took over the procedure. The mom was loaded into an ambulance and within seconds, the baby was born.
"Things were happening so fast,” Vilfranche said. “They were like, ‘we're not going to be able to move the ambulance,’ called me back and by the time I was there, the baby just popped out."
She and baby Ryan were taken to Norwalk Hospital.
On Thursday morning at Norwalk Hospital, the beaming dad told Eyewitness News, he's so thankful to all the first responders who played a role. They added they're just happy to help.
"There are days in the morning, I put my uniform on and I think, ‘oh let’s see what happens today,’” Gonzalez said. “Anything can happen and today was one of those days, a good day."
The day and a special delivery one family said they will never forget.
"He's good. He's good, he's resting, not crying too much,” Vilfranche said. "Everyone is happy and healthy and blessed."
Vilfranche said mom and baby boy are doing fine and they should come this weekend.
The ramp was closed for a time while police helped the mother, but it has since reopened.
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