Javier Sanchez barreled down the Eisenhower Expressway around 3 a.m. Monday, hoping to get Maria Estrada to the hospital for the birth of their daughter Camila – but Mother Nature had other plans.
The baby was born before Sanchez could reach an exit. Though the little family was headed to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, paramedics transported little Camila and her mom to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, according to a news release from the hospital.
“We’ve had four babies born en route transported to West Suburban Medical Center so far this year, but Baby Camila is our first for the month of March,” says Robbin Uchison, a nurse manager at West Suburban Medical Center.
Dr. Don Reese says Estrada “found herself in these less than perfect conditions to deliver her baby girl but did everything as best as she could under the circumstances. She did a perfect job.”
Camila, who weighs 8 pounds and 1 ounce, and her mom are doing well, according to the hospital.