Baby born on the way to the hospital

by: Erin Coleman Updated:

Kylie Leonard weighed seven pounds and five ounces at her five day checkup.

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A Gwinnett County mother delivered her own baby as her husband drove Highway 78 to a hospital.

Kylie Rose Marie Leonard came into the world at more than 80 miles per hour.

"I thought I had time," said Katrena Leonard.

The couple was in DeKalb County just before Hugh Howell Road when Leonard caught Kylie in the bottom of her dress.

"I was holding the dress with her inside so he couldn't see she was there, because I didn't want him to wreck," she said.

But Terrance heard the baby cry, laying eyes on Kylie for the first time before punching the gas pedal. The Leonards arrived at DeKalb Medical Center about four minutes later.

"The nurses and everyone was down there, and they didn't believe the baby was there all of a sudden. They say, 'She's got the baby,'" said Terrance Leonard. "All Kylie was doing was just looking at her mom like, 'I'm here.'"

Kylie weighed 7 pounds and 5 ounces at her five-day checkup.

"She looks awesome and had quite an eventful entry into the world, but she looks great," pediatrician Dr. Fiona Blair.

The Leonards said they're thankful everything worked  out, and Kylie is a healthy newborn

"We had a wild, wild ride," said Katrena Leonard.

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