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Baby born in front of the hospital

A Whittier Hospital nurse used CPR to save a baby who was born in the front seat of a Honda and wasn't breathing. The 7-pound, 4-ounce, 20-inch little girl was in perfect health Monday and was about to be released from Whittier Hospital Medical Center.

"I had so much fear," said mother Olga Martinez. "Then I had so much happiness."
Martinez, who lives with her husband and three other daughters off Leffingwell Road near La Mirada, said she felt a sharp pain about 11 a.m. Sunday.

She wasn't due until Aug. 29, but she was sure the baby was coming.
"The pain was so much stronger than what I felt with my other children," Martinez said.
Her husband rushed home from work and drove his wife to the hospital, Martinez said.
Her husband pulled the car in front of the hospital and ran to the lobby. Before he returned, the baby came.

It wasn't crying. And it turned blue.
"My husband was so worried," Martinez said. "He was screaming for help."
Two off-duty family practice doctors, Nasir Mohammedi and Kesheng Wu, were standing in the lobby in their blue jeans. They saw what was happening and Mohammedi called for a "code white," a signal for a pediatric emergency.

Nurse Angela Linell rushed outside and grabbed the baby from between its mother's legs and began CPR. Another nurse, Stacie Amarantos, rushed outside to help out and to cut the umbilical chord. Amarantos didn't recognize the two physicians, and told them to step aside. Linell continued to massage the baby and perform CPR.

Within 5 minutes, the baby was alive and breathing. In all, only about 50 minutes passed from when Martinez felt the first pain to when the baby came. The Martinezes named their baby Adriana.
Martinez said the event was horrifying, but she was happy to be at Whittier Hospital Medical Center, the place all her daughters were born.

"All I can say is thank you for saving my baby's life," she said.

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