MDOT worker delivers baby on interstate

Wayne Evans (Source: Mississippi Department of Transportation)
Wayne Evans (Source: Mississippi Department of Transportation)(WTOK)
Published: Feb. 25, 2020 at 5:09 PM CST
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Wayne Evans, a superintendent with the Mississippi Department of Transportation, helped an expectant mother deliver her baby Monday.

Evans was working on a lane closure on Interstate 20 at Exit 59 in Brandon. He said a vehicle with flashing lights stopped near him and two women got out to make a plea for help, indicating a woman in the back was about to have a baby.

"I immediately went back to my truck, got my first aid kit. Of course, put on my gloves or whatever, and just basically assisted her with that process of trying to get this baby out safely," said Evans.

Evans says he knew it was going to happen quickly and they would not make it to the hospital. And he was right.

Desire'e Thomas gave birth to her son in the car. Thomas told WAPT-TV that Evans even got the umbilical cord from around the child's neck.

Evans says his training in the Marine Corps helped him stay calm, but he was never trained to do anything like this.