Baby Comes Early, Right In The Middle Of Devastating Flood

A Colorado mother says it was a life or death situation when she went into labor during the flooding.

Credit: KCNC

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His nickname is "Flash," a fitting moniker for a little boy born in the middle of one of the worst floods in Colorado history.

Flood waters were racing into Lyons, Colo. almost two weeks ago, washing out much in its path when Jackson Palmeri decided it was time to be born. Like the rest of their neighbors, Ginger and Roy Palmeri were trapped, the whole community cut off from rest of the state due to flood-battered roads and treacherous conditions.

But life was still happening in the midst of the apocalyptic-looking scene. Jackson was coming five days early.

It was the moment the Palmeris, who had been trying for four years to have a baby, had been joyfully waiting for. But now it looked like there would be no way to get to a hospital in time.

“I called the hospital and they said, ‘You should call CDOT.’ CDOT said, ‘There’s no way you can get there from where you’re at now,’ “ Roy told sister station KCNC.

The Colorado National Guard was able to get the Palmeris to safety after the Boulder County sheriff put them on the emergency evacuation list, but the closed roads surrounding them left the Palmeris without a path to a medical facility.

But in the nick of time, a route emerged, and the Palmeris made it to the hospital. Once there, Ginger discovered she needed a C-section; the situation could have proved deadly for mother and baby alike had they not made it to the hospital.

“I had to have a C-section and then he wasn’t breathing,” Ginger said. “It’s just overwhelming, totally overwhelming."

“There were so many variables. If one thing went wrong everything could have went wrong, but everything went right,” Roy told KCNC.

The couple says they are grateful to all the people that saved them and their newborn son that day, most of all Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, who is now Jackson "Flash" Palmeri's unofficial godfather.

"It seemed like everyone made him so important for them," Ginger said.

"We're very lucky, we're so lucky."

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