Keaton Mason and her fiance would never have imagined that their first baby would arrive in a truck stop and that their unlikely helper would be a homeless man.
The couple were rushing to the hospital, as soon as Mason started getting labor pains. Unfortunately, their baby girl was impatient, and they ended up giving birth in their white Honda, next to a truck stop at Interstate 40.
The first time parents panicked as the baby came out with an umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.
“The lady was screaming, ‘My baby, my baby’s blue. … She’s not breathing,'” recalled Jennifer Morris who was a witness at the truck stop.
Luckily, Gary Wilson who was trying to hitch a ride to Memphis decided to help the couple out.
Wilson not only calmed the parents, but he was also able to revive the baby.
“He kept me pretty calm. He said, ‘Everything’s OK. She’s OK, she’s breathing,'” Mason recalled. “He was our angel that night. That’s for sure.”
“He did everything perfectly right,” a paramedic Sandra Lesperance added.
And thanks to Wilson, Tatum Brown was healthy and born four weeks early, weighing in at 4 pounds, 11 ounces.
Wilson, who was homeless and on his way to Jacksonville, Florida received a free meal and a place to stay from people who witnessed his heroic act.
To add to the intrigue, one of the truck stop workers Waneva Morris told News9 that Wilson reminded her of Jesus. “He had the long hair, the long beard. A very nice gentleman,” Morris said.
And while Wilson left the truck stop early the next day without saying good bye, he definitely made an impact in that little truck stop.