West Point Infant Becomes Special Delivery in Hospital Parking Lot
WEST POINT, Miss.—Parents never forget the birth of their child. But many people will never forget the arrival of little De’Karri Givens.
Jaquerra Warren and De’Quan Givens of Starkville were anticipating De’Karri’s arrival around his due date of April 10. But ’Karri, as his parents call him, had other plans.
Jaquerra awoke around 4 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, with what she thought were bladder spasms caused by a urinary tract infection she had been diagnosed with earlier in the week. “The spasms were happening about every five to 10 minutes. I took some of the medicine they had prescribed and it got better,” she said. “Later, I laid down and took a nap. When I woke up around 2:30 (p.m.), I started feeling pressure down low.”
Jaquerra told De’Quan they had better head to North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point, where her obstetrician-gynecologist Cherita Brown, M.D., is on staff. De’Quan was driving there in record time, but ’Karri did not want to wait. By the time they got on Hwy. 45 Alternate, he was already trying to deliver.
“I pulled up to the Emergency Room door and started blowing the horn,” De’Quan said. “A security guard came out and I yelled to him that we needed a wheelchair.” As the security guard rushed inside to get one, the baby’s father amended his request.
“I walked around to her side of the car to check on her and discovered that the baby had come out feet first and everything basically was out except for his head,” De’Quan said. “I yelled to the security guard, ‘We need more than a wheelchair; we need help!’”
Staff members came running from the Emergency Department as well as from the Women’s Pavilion. Maci Card, a registered nurse from the Women’s Pavilion, grabbed a pair of gloves and jumped into action. “I guess my adrenaline kicked in. I got her on a stretcher and the mom only had to push a couple of times and the rest of the baby came out,” she said. “The cervix can clamp down on the baby’s head, so it makes it hard for him to breathe. He didn’t look good, and his color was terrible.”
Card and a respiratory therapist worked on baby De’Karri for several minutes and soon his heart rate, breathing and color improved. It seems he wasn’t finished surprising everyone. “He made a complete turnaround,” Card said.
‘Karri weighed in at 3.2 pounds and was 15.75 inches long. Once he was stable, the Carexpress ambulance transported him to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the NMMC Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. His parents joined him in Tupelo the next day.
‘Karri continues to grow and get stronger, and neonatologists say he will be discharged from the NICU this week. Meanwhile, his parents have been sending Card updates and photos every few days.
“I have never had an experience like this before—he was my first parking lot delivery and my first footling breach delivery,” Card said. “I’ve told his parents that I want to be invited to all his birthday parties.”
Card—and many others—are amazed at how well ‘Karri is doing in spite of his untimely birth. “It’s amazing when you think about how he started out,” Card said.
“It was a miracle,” his father said. “He is a blessing.”