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

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.

Unable to reach 911 or the Coast Guard, Chor finally decided to turn to the National Guard for help, but they too wouldn't make it in time.

Since most of the residents who lived in the apartment building were also medical experts that work at the Texas Medical Center, a neighbor posted a note on a community message board asking for help.

It wasn't long before doctors, EMTs and nurses showed up to Greg and Andrea's apartment with supplies and ready to lend a hand.

Greg also contacted his obstetrician friend who lived out of town to help coach the family through the birth via video chat.

Little did the family know that help was actually on the way and soon they'd be witnessing members of their community come to their aid in an unexpected way.

While everyone else was busy planning the home birth, someone contacted the fire department and it wasn't long before Greg spotted a group of firefighters riding in a garbage truck. He flagged them down and they told him what he was hoping to hear: "We're here for you."

“The next thing I know, there’s a ride for Annie and Greg,” Chor explained. “They grabbed their coats and umbrellas and the baby’s bags. Then off they went.”

Since the water was too high for Andrea to safely make her way through, the people formed a human chain to help her get into the truck.

The entire ordeal was caught on video:

“We were soaked,” Greg says. “We sat on top of all these fire hoses, while firemen drove us to the hospital. They were careful to go slow and keep us safe.”

The family eventually made it to the hospital and at 1:59 a.m. on Monday, Andrea gave birth to a baby girl, Adrielle.

Both mom and baby are healthy, but Adrielle still needed to be admitted to the ICU for some issues.

“If she were born at home, that wouldn’t have been the best place for her,” Greg says. “I’m so glad she is in the hospital.”

The new parents are over the moon about the birth of their new family member, especially after going to through so many ordeals including a hurricane and two miscarriages.

“Everything about this pregnancy we said is God’s will. That’s why her name is Adrielle. It means she belongs to God,” said Greg.

Adrielle is just one of many babies who were born during Hurricane Harvey. One mom ended up delivering her baby at home with the help of her husband and their cell phone flashlights.