Baby born in car on interstate

Dad pulls over in Golden Glades to deliver baby

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - A baby was born in a car early Tuesday morning on southbound Interstate 95, just north of the Golden Glades interchange.

The vehicle had pulled off to the side of I-95 just after 4 a.m.

Firefighters received a call from Anton Antonoff, who said his wife was in labor in the passenger seat of their SUV.

"While I drove the car, my wife started to deliver," Antonoff said.

Antonoff said he had no choice but to pull over on the side of I-95 and deliver the baby himself. 

"When the baby came out, I got her head. My baby started turning blue. I unwrapped the umbilical cord, and after that, my baby came out," Antonoff said.

By the time firefighters arrived, the baby had already been delivered. Antonoff took off his shirt to wrap the baby girl in it.

"Basically, we just want to do what we were trained to do. When we arrived, the baby had already been delivered, and the mother and baby are doing fine. The only thing we had to do was assist in cutting the umbilical cord and making sure the baby is fine and the mother is fine," said Lt. Wayne Sparks, of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

The mother and baby, the couple's third child, were taken to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood. Everyone is doing fine.

The couple named the baby Margarita and plan to call her Margo for short. She was born at 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and 22 inches long.

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