Lauren and Steve Banks of Bridgeton, North Carolina claim that CarolinaEast turned them away after she arrived in labor at 39 weeks pregnant.
Banks said that the hospital would not consider admitting her until she was five centimeters dilated, but she was only four when she arrived at the hospital. This was her second child, so I'm going to guess she knew what labor felt like.
Within 30 minutes of returning home, her water broke and they turned around to go back to the hospital. But they didn't make it in time, and their son was born at the Handy Mart gas station.
"I watched my wife give birth to my son right there in the parking lot. He came out and he was purple, and he wasn't making a lot of noise. I was concerned on top of everything else going on."
Thankfully, emergency services arrived in time to assist with the delivery!
"They came up and saw what was happening and jumped into action. I'm sure that they are a large part of the reason to why everything went as smoothly as it did and there were no complications. I can't thank them enough."
The ambulance then took the family to CarolinaEast, where the parents questioned the hospital's decision to turn them away just a couple of hours earlier.
Those at the hospital apparently did feel some remorse because they tried to make amends by offering to DETAIL THEIR CAR.
"Hey sorry you were forced to give birth in a gas station parking lot because of our incompetence, but at least you get a free car cleaning!"
I'm sure they were totally satisfied with that response.
The Banks and their baby boy are all healthy and are now recovering from the traumatic birth at home.
And they did take the hospital up on the car detailing.
GOOD FOR THEM.
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