Vietnam vet helps deliver baby over Memorial Day weekend

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- More than a hero! An Independence couple is calling a local vet their guardian angel. The Vietnam veteran happened to be in the right place at the right time over Memorial Day weekend.

Diana and James Price found themselves at Research Medical Center where their new baby girl decided to come three weeks early.

Reagan Ansley May made quite an entrance. And at just over eight pounds, she will have quite a story to tell about her birth.

Her mother Diana woke at seven o'clock Saturday morning feeling fine. That is until her water broke.

"I had to wake him up. By then I was on the floor in pain," she said.

James and Diana rushed from Independence, Mo., to Research Medical Center. Though Reagan wasn't due for another three weeks, Diana knew she was coming soon.

"She's like, 'I'm telling you, the baby is coming.' I'm like, 'No, not yet, the baby can't come yet,'" James said.

When they arrived, nurses were waiting for them at the emergency entrance, but the Prices were at the main entrance.

"She told me, 'You're going to have to deliver this baby,' and I said, 'Are you kidding me?'" James said.

Turns out he wouldn't have to thanks to an Army medic who happened to be nearby.
He rushed to their aid.

"She laid down across both seats, and I could see the baby's head, and I knew right then you gotta do something quick," said C.D. Donavon, a former U.S. Army Medic, who served in the 9th infantry division in Vietnam.

With a few pushes, baby Reagan was born.

Her parents don't think Donavon was there by chance. They call it divine intervention. Just before nurses arrived, baby Reagan stopped breathing. Diana credits her guardian angel, Donavon, with saving her daughter's life.

"I truly believe that if it wasn't for him she wouldn't be here today," she said. "I'd be burying my daughter."

The couple now turns its attention to getting baby Reagan home from the NICU.

Donavon says he looks forward to watching the little girl grow up.

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