Keaton Mason's fiance was driving Mason to the hospital after she went into labor. The baby was apparently anxious to make her debut into the world and the couple stopped in the parking lot of a truck stop at I-40 and Choctaw Road in Oklahoma City OK. After delivering the baby in the passenger seat of their Honda, the couple noticed that the umbilical cord was around the baby's neck and the baby was not breathing.
According to CBS News
, Jennifer Morris, a bystander at the truck stop said: "The lady was screaming, 'My baby, my baby's blue ... she's not breathing.'"
The couple called 911 for help, but another bystander at the truck stop heard the screams and came to help. Gary Wilson, who is reportedly a homeless man travelling from Montana to Jacksonville, FL, got on the phone with the 911 operators and followed their instructions. Wilson calmly removed the umbilical cord from around the infants neck, cut the cord and began rubbing the back of the baby's neck.
Madison told the KFVS
"He was our angel that night, that's for sure. He kept me pretty calm, actually. He said, ‘Everything's OK. She's OK. She's breathing.'"
Paramedic Sandra Lesperance, who responded to the 911 call, told News9
: "He did everything perfectly right."
The baby, whose name is Tatum Brown, was born four weeks early and only weighed four pounds, 11 ounces. Doctors however say she is doing just fine.
After Wilson's good deed, employees at the truck stop offered him a hot meal and a place to sleep.
When speaking about WIlson, Waneva Morris, an employee at the truck stop, told News9
"I would describe him as kind of looking like Jesus. He had the long hair, the long beard. [He was] a very nice gentleman."