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Trucker ‘dispatched by God’ to deliver baby at Denny’s

Published On: Apr 18 2014 10:51:52 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 18 2014 11:42:11 AM CDT

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A man believes he was "dispatched by the Lord" to help deliver a baby in the lobby of a Denny's restaurant.

According to the St. Cloud Times, truck driver Fred Robatcek of Sauk Rapids, Minn. was having breakfast at a Denny's restaurant in Texarkana, Ark. last fall when he heard a scream from a woman who appeared to be in labor. Kaycee Triana and her sister stopped at the restaurant to pick up their mother, who worked there, but she had already left for the hospital. Triana realized she wasn't going to make it to the hospital; she would have to deliver the baby right there in the Denny's lobby.

Robatcek and fellow trucker Peter Holland called 911 and then stepped in and helped deliver the baby boy, whose umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. The men maneuvered the cord so that the baby could breath freely. They then helped to clean him off and waited for paramedics to arrive. The healthy baby was born weighing 10 pounds, four ounces.

Robateck feels a higher power compelled him to help. "I'm glad the good Lord dispatched me. What kind of a person would I have been had I not helped?"

Both men were honored earlier this year with the Truckload Carriers Association's Highway Angel award, which recognizes truck drivers' good deeds.

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