Expectant mother's Comic-Con surprise

Posted at 6:49 PM, Jul 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 22:05:22-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A local family has an epic Comic-Con delivery tale to tell, filled with heroes and happy ending.

Amid a mass of people late Saturday afternoon was Shannon and her family in a pedicab, her friend and her friend's daughter also on board.
Due to give birth in a few weeks, Shannon, who lives downtown, decided to check out the festivities.    

Right near Harbor Drive as she stepped out of the pedicab, her water broke. "I was surprisingly very calm," said Shannon.

Shannon quickly told her husband Matt, who wasn't as calm. "It's immediately like what to do now ... look where we are,"  said Matt.

Where - was a barely moving sea of people.  The pedicab driver flagged down a police officer, who tracked down a nearby ambulance.

A photo snapped by her friend shows Shannon holding her ginger tea and smiling, minutes after her water broke.

"We've got to document it, so why not?  It's going to happen, it's going to happen.  You have to go with it," said Shannon.
Not long after, cellphone video shows the ambulance pulling away with Shannon, after police helped clear a path.

Remarkably, it was only 10 minutes from the time her water broke to the time she left in that ambulance. The next morning, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Reign.

"It's actually a good thing it happened where it did.  It was meant to be," said Shannon.
Because of downtown gridlock, Shannon thinks she actually got to the hospital faster than with their own car.  As for the pedicab driver - now a good friend - the family gave him their Comic-Con pass.