Floods Force Young Wisconsin Firefighter to Deliver Baby Girl

Nineteen-year-old Jana Furman had studied childbirth in an emergency medical services class but she never expected to deliver a baby in a fire station.

She got the call over a radio at 7 a.m. Sunday after a flood blocked Highway 35: "A family is coming, and they're about to have a baby."

"I was really in shock," said Furman, who is in her second year with the Stoddard-Bergen Volunteer Fire Department.

With the route to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center blocked, a couple from Postville, Iowa, arrived at the firehouse about 20 minutes later.

Furman didn't even have time to get Maribel Hernandez out of the car. With two other firefighters, she helped Hernandez deliver a baby girl named Heidi.

"It was really fast," Furman said. "It was about 10 minutes, and the baby was out and fine."

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Hernandez's husband and two other children watched the birth. Hernandez and the baby were later taken to Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua, where they were released Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Furman said she quickly called her parents after the delivery.

"You'll never believe what I did this morning," she told them.

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