Nevada Highway Patrol trooper delivers baby in hospital parking lot

Posted at 8:49 AM, Jul 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-06 21:50:10-04

Nevada Highway Patrol is extremely proud of one of their own today.

Joseph DellaBella was at Sunrise Hospital conducting a follow-up investigation of a crash when he went out to his patrol car at the emergency room entrance to leave.

As he was getting ready to leave, a pickup truck pulled alongside his car, and someone inside was yelling for help. A man was saying that his wife was in the passenger seat was having an emergency.

DellaBella went to the passenger side of the truck and discovered the wife was in labor. DellaBella instructed the husband and nearby security guard to go in the hospital to get help but while they were gone the baby was on its way. DellaBella noticed the baby's head begin to crown and quickly after that the baby's head was out.

At 7:35 a.m. Trooper DellaBella was holding a newborn baby girl, 5-pound and 14-ounce Bianca Garcia Velasquez.

He noticed the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby's neck and removed it. He realized the baby had its eyes closed, was not crying or breathing, so he began to blow air into the baby's mouth. Thankfully, it worked and the newborn baby began to take her first breaths.

Both mom and baby were taken inside of the hospital and are doing well.  The mother, Brenda Velasquez, tells us she's grateful to the trooper, and wants him to be Bianca's godfather, which Trooper DellaBella gladly accepted.

Coincidentally, this isn't the first time the trooper has been in the right place at the right time.  In March, he and his wife, Trissa, also rescued 6 people from a burning apartment complex after noticing the smoke coming from Rainbow and Washington.