by: Mike Petchenik Updated:
FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Jose Francisco is still marveling at his new baby boy, Joseph.
"It's a miracle," he told Channel 2's Mike Petchenik.
Joseph wasn't due until Feb. 18, but early Monday morning his mother, Ivon Garcia, went into labor.
“She told me: 'I’m ready. The baby’s coming,'" he recounted.
Francisco loaded up his car, with his wife in the front seat and two daughters in the back. As they drove down Ga. 400 near Glenridge Connector, Francisco said Joseph decided to make his grand entrance.
“I called the ambulance, I pulled over and she was like: 'He’s here, he’s here,'" said Francisco. "I see at the moment the head of the baby.”
Francisco said he held the baby in his arms while a 911 dispatcher gave him directions to tie his shoelace around its umbilical cord until help arrived.
“He (doesn’t) cry or nothing and I was like ‘Oh my God, this is bad now," he said.
Sandy Springs medic Thomas Coleman told Petchenik Monday the baby wasn't breathing when he got to the scene, but he was able to resuscitate him and rush baby and mother to Northside Hospital.
“He started to cry and I was like ‘Good God, you’re alive," Francisco said.
He told Petchenik he had intended to videotape his son's birth, but never anticipated he'd be the one delivering him on the highway.
“I’m not (going to) forget in all my life," he said.
Francisco said Joseph was doing well and is expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday.