The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 2, 1999


Carlisle's finest deliver baby

by Kathy Coyle

Policemen routinely cope with emergencies, but early last Tuesday morning they had a real first; Sgt. Leo Crowe and Officer Stephen Mack responded to a 911 call at 3:01 a.m. and found themselves delivering a baby girl just a few minutes later.

Sannay Chopra of Cross Street had already called for an ambulance to take his wife, Vandana, to the hospital to deliver their second child, but when her water broke about 3 a.m. there was clearly no time to wait and he called 911 instead. Carlisle police dispatcher Greg Martin took the call and alerted Mack and Crowe, who were on patrol, and the ambulance crew. He reached for the medical emergency handbook that is always at the dispatcher's right hand and kept Chopra on the line while he read emergency procedures for delivering a baby.

Mack was first on the scene and found the baby's head had crowned, so he did the only thing he could do, he delivered it using the directions read to him from the handbook. Paramedics and the ambulance arrived in time to cut the cord; they later provided transportation to the hospital where both the newly arrived Anisha Chopra and her mother are reported in excellent condition.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito