Race To The Finish Line

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 8:47am

Emergency trip to the delivery room ends early for Florida woman.

At just a few hours old, Marcy is completely unaware of her unusual arrival into the world.

"She just came out," said Christina Perry.

Marcy was born to Perry alongside San Pablo Road in Jacksonville, Florida Monday as her mother tried to get to her the hospital.

The story of her eventful birth starts just before 8 a.m. Monday when Perry's contractions began.

They got worse as she and her mother, Mildred Mess, headed to the hospital.

"I got about halfway between San Pablo and Beach, and she's like 'Mama, my water broke'," said Mess.

Perry told her mother to pull over.

"I stopped as fast as I could and when I looked over, she already had the door open. She was already out of the car," said Mess.

In pain, Perry got down on the ground on the side of the road at a subdivision.

Her mother called 911.

"My thing was, I just wanted to get out of the car and get comfortable because the contractions were hurting and after the water broke, it was done," Perry said.

The emergency dispatcher on the phone asked Mess if she had any towels in her car, which she didn't.

"She had just cleaned her car out so she had nothing else but her shirt," said Perry.

In nothing but a sports bra and shorts, Mess used her shirt to catch Baby Marcy as she made her first appearance.

"I had to take one of my shoelaces out of my shoe and we had to tie the umbilical cord off," said Mess.

The whole process took about five minutes.

"I'm a manager at McDonald's. I don't do this for a profession, but I'd do it again if I had to," she said.

When she gets old enough, Marcy will probably get a kick out of it as well.

"It's actually kind of neat and kind of funny when you think about it, too," said Perry.

Mess agreed.

"We'll tell her she's a little roadside baby so she's a very special baby."

Marcy is Perry's second child.

She will be adopted by a family who lives nearby.

Both Perry and Mess said they'll be able to remain a part of her life as she grows up.

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