Recently, a 911 dispatcher got the opportunity to meet the baby girl that she helped deliver over the phone, along with the newborn's very grateful parents.
As you can imagine, being a 911 dispatcher is a very stressful job. These brave souls clock in every day never knowing what they'll face: gruesome fatalities, home invasions, possible break-ins, health concerns. Or, maybe a nervous husband calling in because his wife is going into labour in the bathtub with their second child and there is no way they are going to make it to the hospital in time.
According to Denver's CBS Local, that's exactly what happened to Douglas County 911 dispatcher Missy Piche (pronounced Pi-shay) when she reported for duty on Oct. 2nd. Piche received a frantic call from Ryan Howell who explained that his wife, Devinne, was going into labour. Devinne later explained Ryan had gotten her all the way to the car when she told him there was no way they would make it all the way to the hospital.
Luckily, Piche (who is a mother herself) calmly directed Ryan on how to help his wife deliver the baby. Ryan and Devinne brought their baby girl, whom they named Nellie Maeve, into this world with Piche's help in the comfort of their very own home.
One week later, emotions were running high at the Douglas County 911 control center when the Howell family of four walked in. Ryan and Devinne could hardly contain their excitement. Ryan especially couldn't wait to meet the woman who saved the day and helped him deliver his own child.
A smiling Piche held out her hand. "Actually, can I hug you?" Ryan asked. After everyone hugged, Ryan explained that Piche is unofficially little Nellie's godmother as well as part of the family. She also has an open invitation for Thanksgiving and Christmas at the Howell home!
Piche was touched and explained that, though she has helped deliver a baby before as a 911 operator, she never had the chance to meet the people she has helped. Thus, this was a very touching moment for her as well as the Howells. "As you look at your lifetime over the course of your career, there's going to be some tough ones, but these happy ones far outweigh the sad times," Piche said.
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