As the Northeast began the arduous process last week of cleaning up after the blizzard that dropped up to 3 feet of snow in some areas, one woman in Connecticut could not wait.
Lauri Wood, 42, of Naugatuck, went into labor last Sunday, but her car and her street were covered with snow.
“We started getting really nervous because you start to contract at 39 weeks, and you can’t go anywhere,” Wood said. “We’re trying to figure out what we’re gonna do.”
As Wood began to panic, her husband, James, had an idea.
“I said, ‘I need a sled,’” James Wood told ABC News.
With that, a creative idea was hatched to get the mom-to-be from inside her home, down the street and into a car that could make its way through snow-cleared streets to the hospital.
With the help of friends and neighbors, James constructed a homemade sled, and they all began to push Lauri down the hill to a waiting car.
“I was completely out of breath while I was pulling her,” her husband recalled. “I was just hoping that I didn’t pass out on the journey, because it was not easy.”
Nearly 40 minutes later, Lauri was on her way to the hospital.
“I thought pulling me through the snow was a crazy idea to begin with, but it obviously worked,” she said.
The end result of the neighbors’ hard work and a husband’s ingenuity?
A healthy, bouncing baby boy weighing in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and named James, after his dad.
“I finally have what I always wanted, a son,” James Sr. said.