Woman helps deliver baby in hospital parking garage

PADUCAH, KY — Elisha Tucker woke up Wednesday morning to visit her dying father in the hospital. She parked her car in the parking garage and was walking into the building when she heard a horn honking and a couple screaming.

Tucker says she walked up to the vehicle, went to the passenger seat and found a woman sitting there in labor. “The baby’s head was already crowned and he was coming,” she says. “There was no doubt about that, he was coming.”

Tucker says she told the mother to push. “That’s what she did, and there he was,” she says. “Baby is in my hands, and I turned him, tilted him up, rubbed his back, got him to start crying, and put him on mommy’s chest and wrapped him up in her sweater.”

Tucker isn’t a nurse and hasn’t had any medical training. She says her motherly instincts just kicked in, and she knew what to do from there.

Tucker says just a few moments after the baby was born, nurses from the hospital showed up to take over.

“Mom was in shock, because she said that her two deliveries before that they were 36 hours long and this one had only been four hours, so that’s why they didn’t make it,” says Tucker. “But she just asked me to help, and I just did what I thought was right.”

Outside the hospital where her father is losing his life, Tucker welcomed a new life into the world.

“It’s a miracle,” says Tucker. “It’s the most precious thing, other than having your own children, is to be able to be there when another life comes into this world. It really was one of the happiest moments of my life.”

Mother Julie Berry says she and baby are happy and healthy.

Julie says she started having contractions around 2 a.m. Wednesday. When it got intense, her husband, Matthew Berry, drove her to the hospital. Julie says her water broke while they were searching for a parking spot. Once they found one, they parked the car, honked the horn, and then started screaming for help. That’s when Tucker stepped in to deliver the baby.

Kellan Lee Berry born was born in the hospital’s parking garage at 8:02 a.m. Wednesday at 8 pounds, 15 ounces.

Tucker says she has kids of her own, but this was the first time she was on the other end of a delivery. She says her CPR training helped her stay calm through it all.