Shay-la Taylor endured the unthinkable; the 25 year-old was in labor during the massive Oklahoma tornado!
With her husband and son forced to seek cover on another floor of the hospital, Taylor was stuck in an operating room with four nurses as the tornado destroyed the building.
When the storm cleared, Shay-la’s husband and medical personal rushed her to the nearest medical facility.
Taylor was 9 centimeters dilated and having intense contractions despite one of the nurses giving her a shot to slow things down. She requested a hand Doppler to monitor the baby’s heart. And she called her mother, who was with Jerome and Shaiden in the hospital’s basement cafeteria to make sure her family was safe, which they were.
Still in labor, the medical team needed to find a way to move Taylor to a new hospital. Jerome made his way to them and helped carry his wife all the way to an ambulance that could drive her from Moore to the closest facility in operation — Norman Regional HealthPlex.
Thirteen hours and one massive tornado after her contractions started, Taylor’s baby boy was born via caesarian section. at 7:25 p.m. on Monday evening. He weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces.
The Taylors named the baby Braeden Immanuel which means “God Is With Us.” Even though she’d chosen the name months earlier, Taylor said, “It definitely fits.”
A miraculous story.
Congrats to the Taylors on the new addition to their family!