Baby born on San Diego freeway off-ramp before rush hour

911 call alerted California Highway Patrol

SAN DIEGO - A woman couldn't wait for the hospital and instead gave birth along Interstate 15 Tuesday before the morning commute.

"I am so thankful that he came out quickly with no complications," said Lisa Mikkelson, who gave birth to a boy she and her husband Mike named Maverick.

"I was sleeping and I woke up at 3:00 a.m. thinking I had a tummy ache," Lisa told 10News. "So I started doing dishes and cleaning up around the house and took a shower. Two hours later, [we] got in the car."

However, Maverick wasn't going to wait to get to Palomar Health. His birth certificate says he was born July 30, 2013, on Interstate 15. The Mikkelsons were heading down I-15 from their home in Temecula.

"Then I realize in the car that we weren't going to make it to the hospital," said Lisa.

"I didn't realize she meant 'right now,'" added Mike.

"[Mike] didn't even have a chance to pull over and the baby was in my arms," Lisa said.

"The baby is on her chest," exclaimed Mike. "She's holding the baby."

Mike called 911 and reported to the California Highway Patrol that Lisa delivered their baby boy at about 5:20 a.m. on I-15 near the Gopher Canyon Road exit.

"We did think about [calling him] Dodge. He was born in the Dodge Charger," said Mike.

An emergency dispatcher told Mike he needed to tie-off the umbilical cord. He looked to his boots for help.

"That's the umbilical cord with my bootlace tied around it," Mike said while holding up a medical bag with Maverick's umbilical cord inside and a black shoelace tied tightly around it.

Maverick's one-and-a-half-year-old brother witnessed the ordeal unfold.

"He was in the backseat just watching everything," said Mike, who had the Dodge Charger detailed while Lisa and Maverick rested Tuesday.


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