Baby born in stuck elevator at Tacoma hospital

Jan 18, 2012

TACOMA, Wash. — A baby was born on an elevator stuck between floors Wednesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.

Blake Thacker entered the world early at 7 pounds, 15 ounces, just short of the 14th floor.

Some nurses who were moving his mother, Katie Thacker of Graham, to the birthing center made the delivery after the elevator stopped unexpectedly.

The News Tribune reports technicians got the doors open in time for his father, Luke Thacker, to climb inside and cut the umbilical cord.

Luke Thacker says everything went smoothly, considering the circumstances. Katie Thacker says she doesn't remember much, but she kept asking, "Did I just really have a baby in an elevator?"

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