by Stephen Whitney

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An Unusual Baby (2 of 8)
Series: John the Baptist
Stephen Whitney
Luke 1

Debbie Coleman was rushing to the hospital to give birth a little after midnight on March 28, 2005 in Dayton, Ohio when she stopped at a gas station because of labor pains.

Lloyd Goff the station co-owned was alerted by a customer that someone needed help at pump number 7. He said, "I asked if she needed help, and she just leaned back in the seat, hollered a little, and I looked down and there was a baby's head. She then threw her leg over the steering wheel, groaned once, and then the rest
of the baby came out. She caught the baby, put it to her chest,
gave me a look, like, 'I gotta go,' closed the door, put the van in
gear and away she went."

A customer at the gas station tried to give the police a heads-up
about Coleman's situation, but a mix-up involving the license
plate number had the police thinking the van was stolen. As
officers went looking for her, Coleman headed for the hospital
holding the baby boy in her arm with his umbilical cord still
attached. Every now and then she would pull over to the side
of the road to make sure the baby was all right and still breathing.

Police straightened out the license plate issue. But another caller seeing Coleman open the door of her van mistakenly reported to the police that someone was trying to throw a baby from a van.
As she drove she noticed several police cruisers following her
before one of them cut her off. Then with guns drawn, officers
ordered her out of the van with her hands up.

She opened the door and said, "I just had a baby" and let them
see everything. They sent her on her way and let the hospital
know that she was coming. She left the hospital a couple of days later. Her 6-pound, 8-ounce son, Richard Coleman remained in
intensive care for several more days.

Every baby is a special unique gift from God. Some are born under special or difficult circumstances which then makes the ...

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