Baby Born On Road Where Couple's Older Child Died

Here’s a Christmas story with a happy ending for one North Carolina couple.

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Jennifer and Jerry Sneed are celebrating a birth that they call a blessing from God and their son.

It was last year when Dereck Sneed was killed in a traffic accident on U.S. 264. His mother says he was buried as the last snow fell on eastern North Carolina.

Sunday night, the Sneeds were trying to get to Pitt County Memorial Hospital to deliver a baby. Using the same road on which their son died, Jerry Sneed had to drive slowly because of snow.

Jennifer Sneed went into labor early Monday morning. As Jerry Sneed was driving to the hospital from his home in Washington, his wife told him the baby was coming out.

Jerry Sneed called Pitt County 911: “Ah yes, my wife’s pregnant and we’re trying to get to the hospital, but she’s saying the baby’s coming out, and I’m on 264.”

“Well, stop. We need you to help deliver the baby, then,” the operator said.

With snow falling, Sneed delivered Madison Sneed at 1:47 a.m.

“Oh, I couldn’t be more thankful for my husband and everyone who helped. I couldn’t have been more blessed or more thankful,” said Jennifer Sneed. “My little boy was buried (in) the last snowfall of last season. Madison was born the first snowfall of this season. So we say it was a blessing from God and our little boy that she came when she did.”

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