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Mother Delivers Son On State Fair Midway

October 17, 1995

DALLAS (AP) _ Erica Vann took something away from the State Fair of Texas, but it wasn’t a blue ribbon or Kewpie doll.

No, she came away with a baby son, delivered on the State Fair midway.

Diante Thomas arrived shortly before 1 p.m. Monday while his father and 8-year-old brother were riding the nearby Space Loop.

``When we got off, she wasn’t there,″ the surprised dad, Gregory Thomas, said. ``We looked for her for two hours before I finally called her mother and found out what happened.″

While father and son were sharing an exciting ride, Ms. Vann was having some excitement of her own. She went into labor, and paramedics arrived just in time to deliver the 5-pound, 12-ounce boy.

``We were trying to coach her through it when she basically said, `It’s coming!‴ medic Stuart Grant said.

Mother and son were whisked away to Presbyterian Hospital, where both were good condition, Thomas said.

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