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Flight Attendant’s Baby Arrives Early: On a Freeway

Flight Attendant’s Baby Arrives Early: On a Freeway

A couple expecting a baby boy tried to race to the hospital, but their bundle of joy had other plans! And Mom’s Flight Attendant training helped the situation!

“We’re having a baby. Oh my God! Oh my God!”

Cristina Vigo is heard saying just that in a frantic 911 call as she and her husband rushed to the hospital.

“Sometimes, it does happen like they say in the movie,” she said.

Her water broke at home, but before they even hit the 10 Freeway near Culver City:

“I’m trying to keep myself from pushing but I don’t have a choice,” Vigo said. “I reached down. I’m like, ‘He’s coming.’ He’s coming.’ ”

While Vigo had to be induced with her first child, her boy Endre couldn’t wait to get to the hospital and dispatchers helped to ensure the baby was safe after birth.


“Cristina was able to scoop him up onto her chest. I grabbed a jacket from the back,” said Alex Quel, the father.

baby2Though Endre was born in the front-seat of their Pruis, Quel snapped a picture with mother and child, which lit up social media.

“She didn’t have much room. I asked her just to lay back and don’t prevent the child from coming out,” said Bill Ducat, a dispatcher with the Los Angeles City Fire Department.

Ducat guided them to a Goodwill parking lot where they were met by paramedics and escorted to the hospital. This was the first time in his 26 years.

Vigo says her training as a flight attendant helped keep her grounded.

“OK, well this is what’s happening. This is what’s going on. This is what we have to do,” she said. “So, you just kind of get it done and thankfully he cooperated.”

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Bobby serves as co-host on the nationally syndicated travel talk show "The Jet Set" and is a Travel Expert for various media outlets including CNN, HLN and The Huffington Post. Bobby also worked as a flight attendant for Republic Airlines, US Airways & Virgin America; officially hanging up his wings in March of 2015 after ten years of flying.

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