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Baby born in 7-Eleven with help of clerk, husband, officer

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Kristina Gill was born at 2 a.m. Friday at the Steamboat Springs 7-Eleven after her parents, Danny and Sabrina Gill, realized they weren't going to make it to the hospital. The Gills were travelling from Craig.

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Craig resident Sabrina Gill holds daughter Kristina on Friday at the Yampa Valley Medical Center. Gill was born at 2 a.m. at the Steamboat Springs 7-Eleven after Gill began to go in labor.

— No one heard Sabrina Gill the first time she yelled for an ambulance from inside the 7-Eleven bathroom early Friday morning.

And after the second time she screamed for help, Gill knew she wasn't leaving the Steamboat Springs convenience store before her daughter was born.

Kristina Patience Gill was born at 2 a.m. Friday in 7-Eleven's chip and gum aisle with the help of a 7-Eleven clerk, Gill's husband, Danny, and Steamboat Springs police Officer Tom Munden.

"They actually had to move the chip rack because it was in the way," Danny Gill said. "I bet those cops never thought they'd be delivering babies during a blizzard in the middle of the night. They were like police doctors."

The Gills, who also have a 20-month-old son named Nathan, live in Craig, and began driving to Steamboat at 11:30 p.m. Thursday after Sabrina began having contractions.

After stopping briefly in Hayden, the Gills made it no farther than the 7-Eleven at Elk River Road and U.S. Highway 40 before Kristina decided it was time to see the outside world.

"I wanted to drive faster, but I couldn't because there was like 4 inches of snow on the ground," Danny said. "I was trying to keep Sabrina calm and take it easy."

Sabrina said she was using the restroom at 7-Eleven when her water broke and she began calling for help.

"I guess they didn't hear me," she said. "I just kept saying, 'I'm in labor, I'm in labor.'"

For Munden, who is in field training with the police department, it was his second birthing assist this winter. Munden helped deliver another Craig couple's baby in December off the side of U.S. 40 east of Hayden. At the time, Munden was working as a Routt County Sheriff's Office deputy.

Despite the recent deliveries, Munden said he won't change professions anytime soon.

"When the page came in for a woman in labor, I thought to myself, 'Here we go again,'" he said. "You have to deal with whatever you're called to."

Delivering Kristina Gill was easier for Munden because he had more people to help, he said.

The 7-Eleven clerk "was on the phone with dispatch, and they were telling me what to do," he said.

After the 6-pound, 15-ounce baby Kristina was born, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue crews transported her and Sabrina to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

On Friday afternoon, the Gills were resting comfortably in their hospital room thinking about the eventful morning and remembering the family members for whom Kristina Patience Gill is named.

"Patience was the name Danny's little brother wanted for her," Sabrina said.

Danny's brother, the late Johnathan Gill, was found Nov. 6, 2006, after he apparently drowned in Craig. Gill had been missing for five days before he was found.

- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

WZ 7 years, 9 months ago

We've already got a nickname for little Kristina, too, "Twinkie"!

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OnTheBusGus 7 years, 9 months ago

Doesn't Craig have a hospital? Why drive to Steamboat in a blizzard in the middle of the night? Just wondering. Glad everything turned out alright for them!, though.

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