NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Tennessee woman who gave birth over the weekend on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike has been treated and released from Saint Peter’s University Hospital.
Keericka Thomas and her baby girl were taken to Saint Peter’s after New Jersey State Troopers helped deliver the baby on Saturday morning.
At 10:05 a.m., troopers Robert Murray, Pierre Noel and Marcin Ziobron, of Troop D Cranbury Station responded to a medical assist call near Exit 8A.
When the troopers arrived, they were greeted by Brandon Katron, a truck driver who led police to the cab of his truck where his wife was lying in a bunk preparing to give birth.
As Murray entered the cab of the truck, the expectant mother told him that the baby was coming. Within minutes of their arrival, the troopers, along with Monroe Township EMS and paramedics, helped deliver a baby girl.
The officers got towels and blankets from their patrol car to wrap the baby prior to taking her to an ambulance for evaluation.
Thomas became incoherent and lethargic due to a significant loss of blood during the delivery, so she and the baby were taken to Saint Peter’s, where they were last listed as stable and doing well.
The incident first made headlines Saturday after it was mentioned by State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan at Gov. Phil Murphy’s daily COVID-19 report in Trenton.
“We hear about those tragic deaths, which they are every day, but I was just glad to report something good," Callahan said.
“Talk about welcome to New Jersey,” Murphy said, smiling.