Friday, January 19, 2001

One twin born on I-275, other in parking lot

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — Life arrived in the fast lane early Thursday when one of Jenny and Paul Smith's twins made his debut in the front seat of the family car along Interstate 275.

        The birth came as Mr. Smith was driving his wife and their two other children to Fairfield Mercy Hospital.

[photo] Jenny and Paul Smith recount the surprising arrival of their twins Thursday.
(Enquirer photo)
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        Although she wasn't due until late February, “We were on the highway not five minutes and I knew we weren't going to get very far,” Mrs. Smith said Thursday.

        Pulling off the highway between the Colerain and Hamilton avenue interchanges, Mr. Smith dialed 911 on his cell phone.

        Mrs. Smith told her husband, “I'm going to have this baby,” Mr. Smith recalled. “The next thing I knew the baby was in my hand.”

        Tristin Paul weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces. Mr. Smith gently lay the baby on his mother's chest, and pleaded for the ambulance to arrive.

        Emergency Medical Services Team Leader Jeff Obermeyer said Tristin was fine when the squad arrived.

        Paramedics escorted the family, mom, dad, Kari, 9, and Kyle, 7, and the newborn, to the hospital.

        Mrs. Smith gave birth to Tiffany Claire, weighing 4 pounds, 15 ounces, in the parking lot outside the hospital emergency room.

        “It's nice to bring children into the world instead of seeing someone taken out of it. We see a lot of people dying,” Mr. Obermeyer said.

       David Eck contributed to this report.


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