Baby girl delivered in Chick-fil-A bathroom, restaurant offers her free meals for life

Posted at 1:10 PM, Jul 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-21 15:10:38-04

A Texas couple recently had no choice but to deliver their new baby in the bathroom of a Chick-fil-A, and now the restaurant is offering the little girl free meals for life.

KSAT-TV in San Antonio reports that Falon Griffin was having contractions Tuesday night, so she and husband Robert drove to the Chick-fil-A to drop off their two children with a family friend before going to the hospital.

When the couple got to the restaurant, Falon knew she wouldn’t make it to the hospital. They tried to go into the restaurant, but it was closed. Falon then started banging on the door and begging restaurant staff to let her in. Store director Brenda Enriquez tells KSAT-TV she opened the door and Griffin was screaming, so she grabbed some towels.

With the baby starting to crown, the couple decided they were going to deliver the baby right there in a bathroom stall at the restaurant. As if the situation wasn’t stressful enough, the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck.

"When she go to the shoulders, I realized the cord was wrapped around her neck TWICE," Robert Griffin said on Facebook. "I didn’t want to alert my wife, so I just told her to try to relax for a minute and I was somehow able to unwrap the cord from the baby’s neck. With two more strong pushes, and using my shirt for a towel, out came Gracelyn Mae Violet Griffin."

Employees at the restaurant called an ambulance, but by the time it got there the baby had already arrived.

Chick-fil-A has offered Gracelyn free meals for life and guaranteed her a job when she turns 16. The store owner also said they want to host her first birthday party.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)