Crysten D’ve Graham knew her baby was on the way, but nobody could have predicted her delivery would go the way it did.
What started off as minor cramps later turned to pain and she knew she had to get to the hospital, fast. The 23-year-old was told her doctors at Northside Hospital Gwinnett would see her, so she got her mother, Chrys Yvette Jones, and off they went.
This same night there were tornado warnings and driving conditions less than optimal, to say the least. Graham had her 14-month-old daughter Tai with them too and the little one was not keen about the trip or being buckled into her car seat and was crying as they left.
“I think a lot about what could’ve happened if I hadn’t strapped her into her car seat while I was in labor,” Graham said to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution . “It was very intense.”
Only one mile into their 12-mile trip to Northside Hospital Gwinnett, Graham gave birth to her daughter, Cea, in the backseat.
“My daughter was saying ‘I think it’s coming,'” Jones said. “She remembered her breathing techniques because she had her other baby last year and she was able to do it herself.”
“I basically delivered my own baby,” Graham said. “I had to stop screaming and keep breathing.”
Just minutes after that, Jones hydroplaned and lost control of her SUV. They hit a power pole, spun out again, and stuck a brick fence. The picture below shows the aftermath of the accident.
Jones, Graham, and her daughter Tai were able to get themselves out of the vehicle, none of them had serious injuries. But they began to panic. Where was the baby?
“We started to look for the baby and then all of a sudden the police were there,” she recalled.
Thankfully Lilburn Police officers Daniel Bride and Cepeda Huf arrived on the scene and quickly began to search through the wreckage. Sergeant Matt Madden would arrive a minute later. They were all nearing the end of the 12-hour overnight shift.
“Where was the baby at?” Lilburn police officer Danny Bride asked as he walked up to the chaotic scene, his body camera recording the entire encounter.
“We don’t know!” cried Ms. Jones. “I was just trying to get to the hospital.”
Initially, officers feared that baby Cea had gone through the window, “because there was so much debris in the back,” officer Bride explained during an interview with FOX 5 . “Our concern was whether the baby got tossed into the backseat or got tossed through the window.”
They quickly found the baby behind the back seat though and thankfully she was relatively unharmed. “There is like a small little drop-off under the seat,” Huff explained later. "And that’s where the baby laid right into a little pocket. And that’s where I found her.”
All four family members involved in the car accident were taken by ambulance to the hospital.
Thankfully they are all fine. Cea weighed in at 3 pounds, 9 ounces. After staying in the hospital for 10 days, the mother and new baby are not home and Cea is now up to four pounds.
Cea Anderson's family calls the three Lilburn cops her angels.
“They were angels,” Jones told ABC News . “We didn’t get to call 911. Somehow, they were just there and moved so fast. They have a special place in our hearts.”