SUPERMARKETS worldwide have come under the spotlight with their empty shelves and crowd-control methods during the coronavirus pandemic, but an American Walmart store faced a rather unexpected scenario when a woman give birth while picking up toilet paper.
The heavily pregnant woman was stocking up when she went into labour before an off-duty nurse stepped in to deliver the baby right there in the toilet paper aisle.
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Proving that life must go on, the Missouri woman alerted staff when her water broke unexpectedly in the middle of the store which saw them quickly rush to her aid amid the chaos.
The panicked shopper announced that her first child was born after just thirty minutes of labour and assumed the birth of her second would be just as quick, so the mum and Walmart staff prepared for the baby's arrival in the best way they could.
As the staff scrambled to make sense of the situation, fortunately, a labour nurse – who was also shopping at the time – stepped in to take over.
But luckily, local firefighters caught wind of the news and rushed to the store to assist in delivering the baby who arrived just 45 minutes after the woman's water first broke.
In a heartwarming show of solidarity, other curious customers cheered on the mum.
The unexpected event was just the distraction people needed to take their minds off the coronvirus crisis sweeping the globe.
A photo of the supermarket heroes was posted to Twitter with the proud firemen eager to share the heartwarming news.
Posted by Chief Pennington of City of Springfield, Fire Department, the caption read: "And now some good news: LT Kuss and his crew safely assisted mom with the emergency delivery of her baby. Both are doing very well. LT Kuss: “During a time of panic and fear it is incredible to run a call that produces joy and brings new life into the world”. Amen, Lieutenant."
First on the scene was store manager Jessica Hinkle who was shocked to learn things were happening so quickly as she tried her best to keep the birth as private as possible by blocking the aisle using sheet.
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Speaking to American news station KY3, she said: "We were like oh my gosh, is this actually going to happen.
And that was when "another lady comes around the corner and she says 'I'm a labor nurse, can I help?' and we said yes, yes please – She had gloves in her pocket [and] she was ready."
Detailing her role in the the birth of the child, Jessica said: "[I'm] not like the best with blood so that was my job, holding the sheet and crowd control making sure that nobody invaded what privacy the poor lady still had,"
When the ordeal was over, Jessica recalled: " The [firefighters] took her out on the gurney, there were customers of course gathered [and] she kind of raised her hand, everyone clapped for her.
"You know a feel good moment, everybody's going through so much and with a baby it's like everything comes full circle," she said.
Jessica said she checked up on the mum and her new baby a few days later and revealed they were both doing great.
Amid all the chaos the coronavirus pandemic has brought upon us, just remember there was a woman who gave birth in the toilet paper aisle and even she still came out smiling.
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