Cherokee Nation Dispatcher Helps Deliver Baby Over Phone

Thursday, December 23rd 2010, 3:03 pm
By: News On 6

Tahlequah, Oklahoma – A Cherokee Nation 911 dispatcher helped deliver an early Christmas present for one Oklahoma couple.

Danai Cole recently received a call from a father-to-be who said his wife was in labor.

The man said they were en route to a Tahlequah hospital but had to pull over on the side of the road because the labor was further along than they thought.

Cole told the caller an ambulance was on its way. But when she realized the baby wasn't going to wait, Cole, a former emergency medical technician for the Cherokee Nation, coached the caller and his wife through the process.

"I simply reverted back to my EMT training and luckily everything with the delivery was fine and normal," she said.

Cole was awarded the EMS "stork" pin, traditionally given to medics when they deliver a baby.

"It's humbling to think you played a part in bringing a new life into the world," she said. "I would take the call to do it again anytime."

This was Cole's first full delivery.