Pregnant Firefighter Heroically Saves Woman in Car Crash – And Then Goes Right to the Hospital to Give Birth
Nothing could stop the nine month pregnant firefighter, Meghan Warfield, from helping the woman trapped in a car due to a car crash.
Real heroes are never off duty.
Maryland firefighter, Meghan Warfield was on desk duty during her pregnancy. She was driving home with her mother after her late father’s annual memorial at Baltimore County when they got in a multi car crash. After making sure her mother was alright, she focused her attention on saving others.
A Pregnant Woman Dedicated to Saving Others
She initially got out of her car to help the traffic but when she saw an overturned car, she tried to climb in to save the woman trapped in it.
“I started to climb in there with her, but then I was like, ‘What are you doing? You’re nine months pregnant,’”
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Unsure of the woman’s injuries at the time, Warfield held onto her and tried to keep her in place. It was a traumatic event so she stayed beside the woman, and tried to keep her calm till the paramedics arrived. Once they came and took over, Warfield decided to go to the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to get herself checked out. Her cramps were getting worse and her body was shivering.
“I don’t know how I did what I did because the cramping was so bad,” Warfield said, when asked how she was able to get down on the ground and help. “I must’ve just been running on adrenaline.”
A Baby Is Miraculously Born the Same Day
At the hospital, she found that the accident had not only induced her labor but it also had knocked her unborn baby into a traverse or a sideways position.
Luckily, Warfield and her boyfriend, Joshua Daugherty, welcomed a healthy baby girl, Charlotte on October 4, less than 24 hours after the crash. Baby Charlotte is adored by her siblings Ellie, 6, and Jameson, 5. Coincidentally, Daugherty is a paramedic and was one of the first respondents on the accident scene.
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According to Elise Armacost, director of public affairs for the Baltimore County Fire Department, the Baltimore County emergency medical service (EMS) unit transported six patients to two local hospitals. None of the injuries were life threatening at the time of transport.
Helping Others Isn’t Easy
It is not easy to forget your own pains and lend a helping hand to others. Thinking about our own safety and the safety of our loved ones is usually the priority of many. So Warfield’s story of going out of the way to help someone while going into labor herself is heroic and it will always be a tale told to her children who are very proud of her.