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Iowa Doctor Drives ATV into Snowstorm to Deliver Baby — and Arrives Just in Time!

Dr. Chase Brown cleared snow drifts by hitting them at 20 mph to deliver a baby girl at Shenandoah Medical Center

<p>Shenandoah Medical Center</p> The ATV the doctor drove

Shenandoah Medical Center

The ATV the doctor drove

A doctor in Iowa had the perfect way of getting to the hospital to deliver a baby after a snowstorm blew in.

On Jan. 12, Dr. Chase Brown drove an ATV to the Shenandoah Medical Center and arrived just in time to deliver a baby girl named Birkley.

“We had a baby being delivered this morning at 8am in the middle of a snowstorm. How did Dr. Chase Brown get here for this delivery!?!?! An ATV, of course,” the Shenandoah Medical Center shared in a post on their official Facebook page alongside a photo of the ATV in the parking lot.

“Thank you for the dedication to our patients, Dr. Brown! (And a pretty fun story for the proud new parents to share for years!!!)," the post added.

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The amazing medical dash happened after Krystal Gardner went into labor on the morning of Jan. 12, reported KETV.

“Snow went everywhere, went flying in all directions,” Dr. Brown told the outlet about his journey, which involved hitting snow drifts on his ATV at 20 mph. “Just keep going through to the next one.”

According to local media outlet 6 News WOWT, Dr. Brown bought the ATV when he first started working in the area.

“Floods, rain, storms. Sure better than taking a horse into town, right?” he told the outlet. 

<p>KETV NewsWatch 7/Youtube</p> Dr. Chase Brown with Krystal and Craig Gardner and baby Birkley

KETV NewsWatch 7/Youtube

Dr. Chase Brown with Krystal and Craig Gardner and baby Birkley

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“We knew he was going to get there,” Gardner told KETV, adding that she also knew all the other staff who were present for Birkley’s birth "would get there for it” too.

According to the outlet, this is the third delivery Dr. Brown has traveled to on his ATV.

Per 6 News WOWT, Gardner was having a scheduled cesarean section, and pregnancy complications meant that she needed to undergo the procedure that day.

“I knew that it just needed to be done,” Krystal’s husband Craig told the outlet. “That I’d do whatever it’d take to get her up to the hospital so we could have her.”

“It was just anxiety until we got here and started seeing everybody come in,” continued Krystal, adding of Birkley’s arrival, “It was just one relief after another relief through the whole morning.”

Per KETV, Dr. Brown said that the Gardner family returned to the hospital on Tuesday for a checkup, and baby Birkley is “as healthy as can be."

“She’s a very good baby,” Krystal told KETV. “We couldn’t have asked for more perfection.”

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Iowa, like much of the U.S., has been facing severe winter weather. On the day of Birkey’s arrival, the National Weather Service Des Moines described driving conditions as “treacherous” in a post shared on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“Snow is expected to continue today, with additional accumulations of 3-6 inches expected over central Iowa,” another post read. “This will be accompanied by blowing snow as winds continue to increase, especially this afternoon to evening. These conditions will cause for very dangerous travel.”

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