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Woman goes into labor during Kentucky winter storm traffic chaos

Savannah Collings with Rob Fox and their baby Frazier.jpg
Posted at 8:44 AM, Jan 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-13 10:44:06-05

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky.  — A Kentucky woman's first experience with giving birth did not go as expected last Thursday.

When Savannah Collings left her Georgetown home for Baptist Health in Lexington to deliver her baby, she had reservations about making the trip.

"Once we took off, I knew it was going to be a rough ride," new mother Savannah Collings said.

The usual 30-minute trip turned into a 2-hour-long journey because of traffic caused by last week's snowstorm.

"My nerves were shot," new father Rob Fox said as he recalled driving Collings to the hospital. "She was screaming. I was trying not to wreck."

It was chaos in the bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Once they finally reached the I-75, they saw it was closed off. A police patrol car was parked on the ramp.

"I almost thought about telling Robby just to go ahead and tell him that we needed to get an ambulance or something because I was in such intense pain," Collings said.

Instead, they turned around and tried to find another route.

After almost 90 minutes in excruciating pain, Collings decided she had had enough.

"Either we're going to call 911 right now, or I'm going to have a baby in this car," she recalled.

When they called 911, they were near the Fayette County Detention Center. The operator advised them to park in their lot, and an ambulance would meet them.

Soon, an ambulance rolled up and took Collings to Baptist Health. She delivered Frazier, who came into the world at 7 lbs. 15 oz.

"I think it was a miracle," Collings said.

"Yea, someone was watching over us," Fox added.

And just like that, Frazier is their entire world, and what they went through to get home safe with their baby simply doesn't matter anymore.

Kristen Edwards at WLEX first reported this story.