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Dad Delivers Baby While Driving

Last updated on Sunday, March 24, 2013

(TERRE HAUTE) - Lory Sciotto envisioned a natural childbirth at home, ideally. She never dreamed that would mean her fourth child would come as she and her husband sped to the emergency room late Tuesday night.

"A contraction hit her and she said, 'He's right there! He's coming out! I'm pushing,'" recalled Lory's husband, Evin Sciotto. "And I said, 'No! Keep him in there!'"

"I looked over there," Dad Evin recalled as he steered the family mini-van toward the hospital around 9:22 p.m., his wife in the passenger's seat. "He came out, and I just caught him!"

Hudson Sciotto was fully born, all but cutting the cord, right there along side US Highway 41 in Vigo County, just over the Parke County line, as the family made a bee-line toward Terre Haute. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 21 inches long, the couple said.

Evin was not only coaching his wife, driving the van, and preparing to catch his newborn son, he was also on the phone with a 911 dispatcher who was trying to get him to stop immediately.

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"No, I need you to stop! I need you to stop! I already have responders on the way to you! I need you to stop where you are," barked the woman on the other end of Evin's emergency call.

Why did Evin Sciotto refuse to comply with the operator's demands?

"Because my wife told me not to," he laughed.

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