The birth of a child can be really scary, especially if your wife goes into labor at home and leaves you no choice but delivering the baby. One man not only rose to the challenge of delivering his baby, but he did so with only one good arm. With one arm in a cast, this dedicated dad had no choice but bring his baby into this world using his free hand that wasn’t broken.
You just got to do what you got to do, and this guy got it done!
Rhys Darby is a 28-year-old man who helped deliver his own baby last summer. The crazy thing, he did so with only one good hand
With his wife pregnant, Rhys broke his thumb while playing football and was stuck in a cast for 8-weeks. When his 24-year-old girlfriend, Jade Brown, went into labor at home with no time to make it to the hospital instinct kicked in and he did an incredible thing.
Juggling his phone and towels with one hand, he began taking instructions on how to deliver his baby.
“I had the cast on one hand and a phone in the other trying to deliver a baby. I was running around trying to find towels while the woman on the line was trying to give me instructions.” Rhys explained.
The couple from Sunderland, England, was frantic as Rhys took instructions from the operator on the other end of the phone
Jade’s water had broken a week earlier, but she was sent home because she hadn’t dilated enough. The couple was supposed to go back to the hospital the following day, but that would be too late. In the middle of the night, Jade started having contractions.
“I was squeezing his hand every time I got a contraction, but as time went on, I couldn’t cope with the pain and told Rhys we needed to go to the hospital.” Said Jane
Rhys called a taxi to come to take them to the hospital, but things got so serious that he called 999 instead(England’s 911).
Once he called emergency services, the situation escalated to the point of no return, they were delivering the baby at home. Rhys bent down and started to get involved with his one good hand, while simultaneously trying to juggle the phone and towels. After just a few big pushes, Jade gave birth.
“I bent down and stuck my hand out and the baby just came out. The ambulance arrived two minutes later and they cut the umbilical cord. I said: ‘It’s alright, I’ve done your job for you!’” Said Rhys, Jade added: “After a few pushes, our baby girl Ariana was born on the settee, I remember lying with her on my chest and I couldn’t believe how quick it all happened.”
Ariana was born at 4:23 AM a healthy baby girl, the couple knows how lucky they are and are thankful nothing went wrong
Jade and Rhys are happy they experienced this together, but are also very glad that everything went smoothly.
“Apparently we were quite lucky. Lots of stuff could have gone wrong. Ariana is a miracle, really. She was conceived two months after Jade had a miscarriage.” Said Rhys.
Jade praised her husband for his heroic, one-handed actions
“I was so glad that Rhys got to be so involved with the birth of our baby girl and I am so proud of him for delivering her, especially with a cast on his arm. He was amazing during and after the birth and he’s an amazing dad to Ariana.” Said Jade.
What an amazing story, Rhys proved himself a super-dad before his daughter was even born. To see Rhys’s interview with SWNS, watch the video below!
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