Safe landing for airman’s child

The Superbowl proved to be a game to remember for one airman who found himself dramatically tasked with delivering his first child.

The Superbowl proved to be a game to remember for one airman who found himself dramatically tasked with delivering his first child.

Along with millions of others Tech Sgt Ruben TrejoSanchez was enjoying the American football spectacular when his wife began having contractions.

He said: “Around 11:48 pm I downloaded an app on my iPad to keep track of the contractions.

“The medical group told me the criteria was 2-3 minutes apart, 60 seconds each so I started counting them.”

At 12.45 in the morning, as the rest of the world was preparing to watch Beyonce stun the audience at half-time, Reuben saw that his wife, Tech Sgt Patti TrejoSanchez, had begun to give birth.

He said: “I could see the baby’s head. I was nervous, and I couldn’t believe it was happening.”

While on the phone to the emergency services Ruben delivered the couple’s first daughter at 12.55am on February 4, in their Red Lodge home.

He said: “At the moment she said you are going to have to do this I was like ‘how?’.”

About 20 minutes later, the emergency services arrived and Ruben was able to cut his daughter’s umbilical cord while his wife received treatment.

He said: “It was a mixed feeling. It was exciting and it was awesome to be the first person to hold her but at the same time I started thinking ‘is she doing all right?’

“The operator told me to wipe her nose, wipe her mouth, make sure she was breathing.”

Patti said: “My husband did an amazing job; he was stressed but he stayed calm, a lot better than I give him credit for.

“Our family dynamic has changed, our trust for one another has grown and we are closer than every before.”

The couple have named their daughter Alexis Quinn.

Ruben praised paramedics Mark Keeler and Laurence Milton, who arrived after the birth, for their help.

He said: “Looking back it was quite an experience. I do not think I would change it.”