Leah and Peter Okkonen with their son Emmitt, who was born in their car on the way to hospital.
Leah and Peter Okkonen with their son Emmitt, who was born in their car on the way to hospital.

Baby Prado waits for no one but his dad

By EMMA O'NEILL emma.oneill@northernstar.com.au EMMITT Okkonen is only days old, but may already have a nickname.

Young Emmitt may be known as 'Prado' after being born on Friday afternoon in his family's Toyota Prado during a hasty drive to Casino Hospital from their Bonalbo home.

According to Emmitt's mum, Leah, her son had waited for his dad to get home from work to be born and nobody else.

"He was due on Australia Day, but as soon as his dad came home from work on Friday he was on his way," she said.

Mrs Okkonen said the couple had raced to their car, which they had bought a few weeks ago, as soon as she felt contractions.

"Peter was a bit anxious during the trip, especially when we got behind drivers sitting on the speed limit," she said.

Peter was even more anxious when Leah told him to pull over just before Theresa Creek Road on the way to Casino Hospital.

Emmitt was on his way and there wasn't a nurse in sight Peter would have to help deliver him.

Considering Peter had sat in the corner of the hospital room with a brown paper bag during the births of their previous four children, Leah was quite proud of the way he had encouraged her throughout the roadside birth.

"It was just instinct really, I just checked the cord wasn't around his neck and cleared his throat," Peter said. By the time the ambulance arrived, most of the hard work was done.

Leah said she was getting used to a short labour after her previous son, Arian, was born after one-and-a-half hours.

"If I have another one, I think I'll have to move into the hospital a month before the due date," she joked.



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