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Trapped In Her Flooded Home And About To Give Birth, Neighbors Formed A Human Chain To Save Her

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When Andrea and Greg Smith found out they were expecting their first child nine months ago, they would've never in their wildest dreams imagined the baby would be born amidst the chaos Hurricane Harvey left in its wake.

Gregory Smith

The Smiths are both doctors who moved to Houston in July to pursue advanced medical training in their specialities.

“We’re very new to Houston — and new to hurricanes,” Greg told People.

So you can imagine their shock when their backup plan to go to the hospital early failed due to the heavy rainfalls and flooding.

“I expected there would be five or six inches that I could drive through,” Greg said. “I woke up to two or three feet.”

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As the water levels continued to rise, Andrea's contractions began to occur more frequently. That's when the Smiths knew that the baby would be making its debut soon.

Although a home birth was never in the books, the expecting parents didn't have much of a choice because they didn't have any way of making it out of the house and every attempt to reach 911 was futile.

“We soon realized, we were kind of stuck,” Greg explained.

The Smiths, along with Greg's mother, Sue Chor, had to use their quick thinking to come up with a solution for what was about to be a very long night.

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