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Mother gives birth on I-65 while trapped in presidential traffic jam

Published: Apr. 3, 2015 at 1:41 AM EDT|Updated: May. 18, 2015 at 1:41 AM EDT
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Courtney Maloney (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Courtney Maloney (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – While crowds gathered in downtown Louisville to greet President Barack Obama, a mother caught in motorcade traffic on Interstate 65 met her child for the first time.

MetroSafe said at 5:25 p.m. Thursday they received a call saying a woman was in labor on I-65 near the Fern Valley Road exit. Traffic on the interstate had been halted as the president's motorcade moved from the airport to downtown.

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A nurse, who happened to be stuck in traffic nearby, helped the woman deliver the baby boy with the assistance of a MetroSafe emergency operator.

When an ambulance arrived at the scene EMS drivers were able to transport the mother and her newborn to University of Louisville Hospital.

Louisville Metro EMS worker Courtney Maloney said, "We pretty much had to ride the emergency lane all the way down."

Maloney said the mom took it all in stride.

"She did say it's a story she will never forget," Maloney said.

Maloney said both the baby and mother were doing well.

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