(WMC-TV) - At 8 pounds, 3 ounces, baby Abdirahman Mohammad made a surprising entrance into the world the day Memphis police officers had to help deliver him.
"I don't think there was any preparedness,'" said Melanie Medlock, who helped deliver the baby. "It was just instinct. The baby's coming out and you had to do what you had to do."
Young Abdirahman was born around 11:00 p.m. Sunday night while officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance call in the Chickasaw Oaks Apartments. While leaving the scene, Officer Medlock and her colleague located Abdinasir Mohammad's wife lying on the ground.
"She said, 'I can't make it. I can't make it because the baby is on the way. It's coming,'" said Mohammad, the baby's father.
Officers placed Ms. Mohammad in a vehicle when they realized the baby was not going to wait on an ambulance.
"I just took her to my car - in the backseat of the car," the baby's father said.
Medlock put on gloves and prepared to deliver the baby.
"I handed my flashlight to my partner and was like, 'Next contraction let me see. Hold the flashlight for me.' The very next one I could see the baby's head was crowning," she said.
That's when Medlock saw that the umbilical chord around the baby's neck.
"I was able to push the baby back in a little bit to be able to flip the umbilical cord from around its head and off its neck, and was able to get mom to keep pushing. She did and we had a little baby boy," the officer said.
Medlock doesn't consider herself a hero. She says she was just in the right place at the right time.
The baby was delivered with no injuries. Monday, both the baby and his mother were in good condition at St. Francis.