A homeless man hitchhiking at a truck stop near Oklahoma City helped save a pregnant woman’s premature baby.
Keaton Mason and her fiance were on their way to the hospital because Mason had gone into labor early. She ended up giving birth in their white Honda at a truck stop along Interstate 40, but something went very wrong.
The umbilical cord was wrapped around Mason’s daughter’s neck. A woman at the truck stop, Jennifer Morris, said she heard Mason scream, “My baby, my baby’s blue … She’s not breathing.” Morris then called 911.
While Mason was waiting for paramedics, Gary Wilson helped keep her calm and removed the cord from around the baby’s neck. He then tied the cord off and rubbed the baby’s back until she started breathing on her own.
Paramedic Sandra Lesperance said, “Her angel was there. He did everything perfectly right.” On the 911 call, Wilson is calm and confident as he asks the operator for directions.
Mason said, “He kept me pretty calm. … He said, ‘Everything’s OK. She’s OK, she’s breathing.’ ”
Truck stop employee Waneva Morris said looking at Wilson was “kinda like looking like Jesus.”
“He had the long hair, the long beard. Just a very nice gentleman,” Morris said.
After Wilson helped get the baby breathing, truck stop employees offered him food and a place to sleep. He was gone by the next day and said he was going from Montana to Jacksonville.
Tatum Brown was born four weeks early at 4 pounds, 11 ounces but is now doing fine, Keaton Mason said.