Baby born on GA 400

7:42 PM, Jan 28, 2013   |    comments
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  • (Courtesy Northside Hospital)
  • (Courtesy Northside Hospital)

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Joseph Francisco wasn't due until Feb. 18, but he was determined to arrive early Monday. His family didn't even time to make it to the hospital, delivering him along Georgia 400 shortly before 6 a.m.

Northside Hospital spokeswoman Katherine Watson said his mom Ivon Garcia was well along in labor by the time she felt her first contraction and little Joseph wouldn't even wait for emergency responders.

She said Joseph's dad Jose Francisco had to deliver him on the  northbound shoulder, near Interstate 285, while his big sisters Daphne Alcala and Gisselle held the phone with 911.

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"I need an ambulance," the frantic father is heard telling a 911 dispatcher.

Because Jose Francisco spoke little English, dispatchers called in an interpreter to help explain that the child's birth was immanent.

"The head is out. It's already out," the interpreter explains to the dispatcher.

By the time Paramedic Thomas Coleman arrived, the baby was born. Coleman said the child was having trouble breathing. The paramedic cleared the newborn's airwaves.

"Once the baby started crying, we felt more at ease," said Coleman. 

Joseph arrived at 7 pounds and 12 ounces 19 inches long. Watson said the whole family is doing fine Monday.

Traffic was not affected by the delivery. For the latest traffic conditions around metro Atlanta, visit


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