On Thursday, September 14, 2006, Public Safety Dispatcher Shannon Callahan received a 9-1-1 call from a Mr. David Wessel of Grasonville, Maryland at 9:06 in the morning, advising his wife was having abdominal pains. Dispatcher Callahan began using the Emergency Medical Protocols to determine appropriate resources to be dispatched for the medical call. Only a few minutes into the call Mr. Wessel advised his wife was delivering a baby. Dispatcher Callahan immediately began giving the father instructions on delivering the newborn.
The baby was delivered before Paramedic 100 (EMT-P JR Moore/EMT-I Jason Stubbs) of Queen Anne’s County Emergency Medical Services and Grasonville’s Volunteer Ambulance arrived on location. As the emergency medical units were arriving on location Dispatcher Callahan made sure the baby and mom were ok. Dispatcher Callahan then asked the overwhelmed father if it was a boy or a girl. Mr. Wessel replied to Dispatcher Callahan and his wife, “Mama it’s a girl.” Dispatcher Callahan congratulated the parents on their newest addition and told Mr. Wessel ironically she is also due to deliver in 8 weeks.
Samantha Michelle Wessel
Mrs. Wessel and Samantha Michelle Wessel were transported to Easton Memorial Hospital by Grasonville Volunteer Ambulance Department and QACEMS Paramedic Moore. Newborn Samantha was 6lbs. 8oz. 18 in. long, Mom and baby are doing fine.