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Dr. Javier Soto's Gas Station 'Oh, Baby' Delivery

By    |   Wednesday, 13 December 2017 11:01 AM

Dr. Javier Soto's gas station baby delivery last Friday evening on Merritt Island, Florida, was an against-the-odds meeting of an obstetrician and a woman in labor at a store parking lot, Florida Today reported.

Soto was on his way to work to attend to a woman who was about to deliver when he stopped for gas at the station Friday evening, the newspaper reported.

"As I'm pumping gas, this couple pulls in and goes into one of the parking spots," Soto told the newspaper. "And I see that the guy comes out he's trying to find people, talking on the phone freaking out."

The man saw Soto in his hospital scrubs and asked if he was a medical professional. When Soto walked to the vehicle, he found the woman in labor – and started work early, per Florida Today. He instructed people around him to get gloves, scissors, and a shoelace to tie the umbilical cord.

Soto helped deliver a healthy baby at the Speedway station on North Courtenay and Grant parkways by 7 p.m., about 15 minutes from Rockledge Regional Medical Center, Florida Today and People magazine said.

"It was funny at first because what are the odds that I just happened to be here?" Soto told the Florida Today. "It's a very unusual coincidence that all of these things took place. It made me feel happy, and it made me feel glad that I was able to give them a hand."

People wrote that an ambulance arrived soon after and took the family to the hospital, with Soto, who had not finished pumping gas, following minutes later. The doctor told the magazine that the child was "doing great" and was born full-term.

"She's the luckiest girl in the world," Soto said of the child, adding that the birth happened on the 12th anniversary of his own mother's death, People added. "God has a purpose for everything. He put me there for some reason."

Soto would later go on and delivery the baby he was originally scheduled for at Rockledge Regional, the magazine said.

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