Caught on Camera: MS woman delivers baby in car

Lorin Sanders (Photo source: WDAM)
Lorin Sanders (Photo source: WDAM)
Aquilla, Carl and Lorin Sanders (Photo source: WDAM)
Aquilla, Carl and Lorin Sanders (Photo source: WDAM)

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - We hear people say "go out with a bang" all the time, but a Columbia baby was born with a bang. While her parents' car was rolling to the nearest hospital, so was the camera! But, baby Lorin made her introduction before they ever made it to a hospital.

"She's so beautiful. She's amazing. She's such a blessing to me," said Aquilla Sanders as she held her newborn baby.

Lorin lies in mommy and daddy's laps peacefully now, but her delivery was one for the books.

"I told my husband, 'You know, I think we might need to go to the hospital now,'" Aquilla said.

The couple sat on their couch and laughed about Lorin's dad, Carl Sanders, making sure he shaved before they headed to the hospital.

"I didn't expect anything to happen," Carl said. "I thought they were going to just turn us around, so I had to make sure I was on point for church."

The trip took a turn when Aquilla said she felt the urge to push while traveling down U.S. Highway 98 from Columbia to Hattiesburg. Sanders said he doesn't know why, but he pulled out his phone and did the best he could with recording.

"Alright, baby. I'm trying to get there," you can hear Carl say in the video.

Sanders nervously recorded as he put the pedal to the metal down the highway. Then, he caught a miracle on camera.

"Baby, hold on. Please! Oh my goodness, Lord. Is she out?" Carl asked in the video. "During that moment. I know she's about to have a baby, and all of the stuff is about to come out. I told her just sit there, and don't push."

"After my water broke, two minutes later, I pushed, and she was out," Aquilla said.

"The next thing I know, I saw her head, and I had to pull over and handle business," Carl said.

You can hear Lorin enter the world in the video.

"Oh my goodness. This can't be real," Carl said as he pulled the car over to help his wife.

First, there was panic. Then, pure bliss as their angel arrived with 10 fingers, 10 toes and a strong heartbeat.

"It was scary, but it was bound to happen," Aquilla said.

The new parents called 911 for help, but before that help could arrive, they said a man pulled over after seeing their car was stopped and helped them finish the job.

"He said, 'You need to tie off the umbilical cord.' The guy behind us randomly had a string in his car," Aquilla said.

It was a roller coaster of emotions on a ride the Sanders will tell Lorin all about later on.

"She was ready to come on her own time. She's an independent little lady already," Aquilla said.

"I could have lost my little girl and my wife at the same time, but God did his thing like he always does," Carl said.

In one of the most memorable parts of the video, Carl said, "We just had a baby in the car on the way. I think I'm about to go into labor right now...heart attack, labor or something."

The Sanders said they have three boys. Lorin is their first girl. The couple said a close mentor from their church told them this delivery would be different than the others.