‘Big Gulp’ baby arrives in a hurry at Breckenridge 7-Eleven | SummitDaily.com

‘Big Gulp’ baby arrives in a hurry at Breckenridge 7-Eleven

Kathryn Corazzelli
Summit Daily News
Summit Daily/Kathryn Corazzelli

Fairplay resident and baby nurse Lisa Cravener was on the way to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center to give birth Monday night when she realized the baby was coming sooner than expected. Her husband, Jim, pulled over at the Breckenridge 7-Eleven, called 911, and witnessed Summit County Ambulance paramedic Lindsay Nelson deliver his baby boy just five minutes later in the front seat of his Dodge Durango.

Jim said when Lisa told him she needed to go to the hospital, he called ahead, got the car and sped to the hospital. His sister – also in the car – was timing Lisa’s contractions from the back seat, which quickly progressed to three minutes, and then 30 seconds apart.

“It went pretty fast,” Lisa said. “I knew we weren’t going to make it.”

Everything was chaotic, Jim said, but it all went very smoothly. He called 911 at 8:46 p.m., crews showed up at 8:48, and the baby was delivered at 8:51. Officers from the Breckenridge Police Department and firefighters from Red, White and Blue Fire were also on scene.

The baby, Hunter James Cravener, was 7 pounds, 12 ounces and 20 inches long. Both mom and baby were treated and taken to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, where they are doing well.

Nelson said everything went so quickly no one had any time to be nervous. Lisa said she was hoping everything would be OK, and was glad to see Nelson’s face when she showed up.

Lisa, an RN who works in the Birth Place at St. Anthony, said she had been slightly dilated for a few days beforehand but didn’t expect the baby to come so soon. Both parents said they are excited to tell Hunter the story of his birth.

“He’s stubborn and has his own way of coming into the world,” she said.

Hunter, who has already been nicknamed ‘Big Gulp,’ will be going home to an older sister, age 3, and brother, age 7.

Jim said he is very thankful to the 911 dispatcher and emergency crews who showed up so quickly. After the delivery, he apologized to police for speeding.

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