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Sister, Jogger Help Deliver Baby

May 21, 2003

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ It was destiny for ``Baby Vol.″

Darlene Leatherbury had been ``feeling funny″ since midnight Tuesday. Less than eight hours later, she was screaming at her sister, Lillian Adams, to pull her van over.

After driving approximately 40 miles from LaFollette, Adams got lost on campus trying to find the University of Tennessee Medical Center, and Leatherbury wasn’t going to make it to the hospital. Her fourth child was about to be born two weeks early in the back of the van, right outside UT’s University Center.

Seconds after the van was parked, Destiny Gale was born. Adams, who hadn’t even planned on going into the delivery room, ran inside the building and asked someone to call 911.

``I was saying ‘Oh my God’ and crying,″ Adams told The Knoxville News Sentinel. ``But there’s a first time for everything, I reckon.″

During the delivery, a jogger passed by and stopped to help.

``We are thankful to her and the people in the bookstore,″ Leatherbury said.

Officers from the UT Police Department eventually arrived. One was an emergency medical technician and cut the umbilical cord, assistant UT Chief of Police Deborah Perry said.

There were no complications during the delivery, but with nothing to wrap the baby in, her temperature dropped quickly. Nancy Hickman, a UT Bookstore employee, bought a white baby blanket from the bookstore. In orange letters, the blanket read ``BABY VOL.″

Mother and baby arrived at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday. Leatherbury filled out the birth certificate after seeing the baby for the first time later in the afternoon.

``She was destined to be here; that’s why I want to name her Destiny,″ she said.

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