By 1:35 in the morning 2 Saturdays ago, Troy Dickerson had left his Rosenberg home and found himself speeding past the Sweetwater and Williams Trace exits on the far-left lane of the Southwest Fwy. while his wife Kristin, who was sitting in the passenger seat, let out a series of screams to work her way through waves of contractions. Almost exactly a half-hour later, their baby, Truett, was born while his mom stood outside the family’s white Toyota pickup, which was by then parked in the valet drop-off area of the Women’s Pavilion at Texas Children’s Hospital, at 6621 Fannin St. in the Med Center (where, perhaps incidentally, the mother works as a childbirth educator).
Fortunately for all in this news cycle, the entire adventure was caught on video taken by the baby’s dad with the GoPro camera strapped to his head. Excerpts of it were shown in the Dickerson’s local news appearance last week, but you can watch the whole high-speed late-night ride (almost all of it) and delivery (well, hear it at least — less than a minute of the baby’s first appearance is politely “censored” with a freeze-frame) in the Youtube video Dickerson posted shortly after the story aired — and which sparked a second round of reports from gawk-hungry reporters working for national outlets. (Some of those reports, however, leave out links to the Dickersons’ more extensive Tour-de-Houston opus). You can watch Dickerson’s own annotated high-speed head-cam 59 freeway-to-parenthood effort from start to start above. Mom, dad, baby, siblings, and GoPro are all doing just fine.
- Mother gives birth in front of Texas hospital [Click2Houston]
- Dad-to-Be Films Wife in Labor While Speeding to Hospital at 95 MPH [ABC News]
Video: Troy Dickerson