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Jackson County mom delivers baby on side of the road


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Lenora and Nick Atkinson of Greenwood were expecting to deliver their third son on October 15 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan.

But, when hurricane Michael came through, knocking much of the power offline, they decided to try and wait.

"My doctor had asked, since we passed my due date, did I want to induce and I was like of course not, we don't have power," said Lenora Atkinson, mother.

On the 21st, the Atkinson's electricity was turned back on, so they headed towards the hospital.

"On the way there we realized that I wasn't going to be able to make it and luckily we came up on two state troopers who were just driving in front of us and we flagged them down," Lenora said.

Unfortunately, these Florida Highway Patrol officers didn't know their way to the nearest hospital. They were only in town to help with hurricane relief.

"They all held the flashlights and the door and yeah, my husband actually delivered the baby," Lenora said.

Once paramedics arrived, the officers escorted the couple and their baby, Kroy Benson Atkinson, to Jackson Hospital where he got pictures with the men who assisted in his road side birth.

"They gave us their address to send them pictures and stuff so obviously, hopefully we keep in touch with them and they can watch him grow," said Lenora.

The couple said, though it wasn't the most ideal situation, they're grateful for how everything turned out.

"We're very thankful that we obviously made it through the storm and that our house made it through the storm and we have a healthy baby who decided to wait," Lenora said.

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