A woman from North Carolina who is 22 years old has recently picked up some new information regarding her birth story.
“I’ve never seen a baby picture of me,” Janea Watson said.
On January 21, Watson met up with three of the Winston-Salem firefighters who had helped in her birth more than two decades earlier. They had been on duty at the time of her birth.
It was a memorable experience for everyone involved.
“I was just shocked and excited,” Watson said.
“It happened on November 10 at 6:27 in the morning,” according to Ron Hepler, who previously worked as a fire captain at Station 3.
Hepler recalled that it was the 12th call that his crew had received that night.
“Nothing got in our way. We got out and went in; the grandma said, ‘we didn’t call any firefighters.’ I said, ‘when the ambulance gets here, we’ll back out the way,'” Hepler said.
Right on schedule
They arrived at the scene just in the right moment because a few moments later; the mother yelled that “the baby was coming,” and Hepler acted quickly and safely to catch the baby.
“They said the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck. They had to move in fast…they did a terrific job. Once she cried, that was it. They knew everything was safe,” Jennie Watson, Janea’s grandmother, said.
Six months later, Jennie arranged a get-together for all, and while the firefighters remembered the touching moment, Janea could no longer attend since she was too young.
Therefore, 22 years later, Janea’s grandmother planned another family gathering that the young woman would remember for the rest of her life.
“I was determined to find him. I found all three of them,” said Jennie Watson, Janea’s grandmother. “They said the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck. They had to move in fast…they did a terrific job. Once she cried, that was it. They knew everything was safe.”
“She was shy, but she warmed up to us. I was so happy to see she made it through life to be the person she is now,” Hepler said.
Janae would like to express her gratitude to the firefighters who responded to the call.
“I want to say thank you, and I’m grateful for them,” she said.
“That was my first time seeing a baby picture of me and hearing the story about my birth,” Janea said.
My eyes fill with happy tears at the thought of this. I am pleased that Janea was able to get back together with the group of people that were responsible for bringing her into this world. I sincerely hope they can keep some relationship going.
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