Canadians Caitlin Vince and Tyler Olsen were en-route to the closest birthing center to their British Columbia home – a 90km trek over a winding and remote highway. When the contractions got too strong, they pulled into a rest-area overlooking the Peace River valley and with the help of a 9-1-1 operator, a family friend, and a couple of travelers from Alberta, delivered 8 lb 2oz Augustus Olsen beside the road.
“Caitlin Vince delivered her son while lying in gravel, with the baby still in the amniotic sac — a rare birthing situation called en caul.
Tyler Olsen caught his newborn son, and managed to free him from the amniotic sac using his pocket knife.”
I imagine that most folks living in as remote a corner of the world as northeast BC take preparedness seriously, and that includes knives. I lived in a little town in Idaho for 4 years (Ririe) which was a half-hour drive from the closest medical facility. We kept track of our breakdown kits religiously. If I didn’t spend so much time in the Smoky Mountains out of cell-range, I would be tempted to let them lapse as it is easy to get complacent when surrounded by modernity.
Then I remember the snowstorm that paralyzed Atlanta in January 14, stranding thousands in their vehicles. It reminds me to double-check my Knoxville vehicles as well.
Bonus Question of the Day: Do you have a break-down bag in your vehicle? What knife do you keep in it?