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Police officer delivers baby girl on H-1 Freeway

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:40 p.m. HST, Apr 25, 2013

A Honolulu motorcycle police officer delivered a baby girl at the height of the morning commute on the H-1 Freeway this morning, police and paramedics said.

Paramedics assisted and the mother and baby, are doing well, an Emergency Services spokesperson said.

Officer Stephen Keogh said he delivered the baby in the front seat of the family's Nissan pick-up truck. He says the baby's parents were trying to make it to a hospital from their Waipahu home.

“I felt she (the mother) was in control and she did a fantastic job,” Keogh said.

While it was the mother's third child, this was the second time Keogh delivered a baby while on duty on the freeway.

The baby didn't yet have a name.

The baby was born at about 8 a.m. on the Koko Head-bound lanes of the H-1 Freeway near the Middle Street offramp.

A report by the traffic information company Inrix said the Middle Street  merge area, where the baby was born is the worst stretch of road in Hawaii for traffic backups.

The Inrix report, released Wednesday, said it can take 27 minutes to travel four miles along the freeway between Middle and South Vineyard streets.

Two babies were born on the freeway last year. Paramedics helped to deliver a baby boy during rush hour on the H-1 Freeway on Sept. 5 near the Kunia Road off-ramp. Police were escorting the mother to the hospital in heavy traffic at about 7 a.m., but the birth was progressing too quickly so paramedics were called to help, according to Emergency Medical Services.

Paramedics and police helped deliver a baby on H-1 Freeway near an offramp in Honolulu on Aug. 31 when a 23-year-old woman gave birth to a healthy baby girl.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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HAJAA1 wrote:
Atta boy!
on April 25,2013 | 12:37PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Or girl actually
on April 25,2013 | 12:37PM
olos73 wrote:
Congratulations to the parents. Baby deliveries on H1 getting to be quite common nowadays.
on April 25,2013 | 12:43PM
Dolphin743 wrote:
Yet another reason for rail?
on April 25,2013 | 12:50PM
what wrote:
Yes because an ambulance or car on highway going directly to a hospital is not as good as standing in a train car full of people that makes stops you are not getting off at, and that doesn't go directly to the hopsital you are trying to get to without transferring to and waiting for a connecting bus.
on April 25,2013 | 01:03PM
control wrote:
If you don't like taking the bus or rail then spend the uku-bucks and hire a cab. That's why they cost $45 a ride instead of $2.50.
on April 25,2013 | 01:12PM
what wrote:
Are you for real? Cabs don't get 75% of their costs paid for by taxpayers.
on April 25,2013 | 03:02PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
Atta boy! or girl!
on April 25,2013 | 08:09PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
The key point being the Crazy Train does not go near any hospitals.
on April 25,2013 | 01:33PM
mudsprkt1 wrote:
Excellent Job. Above and beyond the Call of Duty. And by the way, all the comments below, have no consideration for the Life of this child that this Police Officer Brought into this world. Running off at the mouth about The Rail the Bus, what cabs charge, what hospital rates are.. Dudes, ( or dudettes ) the Parents are proud of their new Child. Keep the Garbage to yourselves.....
on April 25,2013 | 03:53PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
whoa, Dude, ( or dudette ), take it easy. what are you? officer in the pc squad? this forum is for fun. and it's fun to read comments from all perspectives.

and you using the shift key inappropriately.
on April 25,2013 | 08:16PM
juscasting wrote:
I would think if St.Francis West was still available or another hospital at it's former location; more people would head there instead of chanceing rush hour traffic don't you think? Just guessing, I don't give birth to babies I jus make em!
on April 25,2013 | 03:10PM
kennie1933 wrote:
Well, Queen's has taken over the St. Francis West facilities and will reopen in 2014. But unfortunately, St. Francis still owns the property under the hospital and they are not allowing Queen's to have a maternity ward. So, while the reopened emergency room will be a blessing, a maternity ward would be just as appreciated. Look for even more freeway babies in the future!
on April 25,2013 | 03:22PM
Raki808 wrote:
I don't see how St Francis plays into this; Kaiser is nearby, and Pali Momi is another nearby alternative...
on April 25,2013 | 03:45PM
sloturle wrote:
love this story
on April 25,2013 | 04:18PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I thought it was rude that they named her "Zipper".
on April 25,2013 | 04:27PM
scooters wrote:
Good job Officer Keogh!
on April 25,2013 | 07:11PM
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