Khloe Quinn Mock came to the arms of her mother, Lindley Mock, 29, about four weeks prior to her expected Easter Sunday April 21 delivery date after being born in the back of her grandmother’s white Ford Explorer, according to the Laredo Morning Times.
As Linda Mock stood over her daughter Lindley in labor, she made an invocation. “I looked up and said, ‘Mother, deliver this baby,’” she said. “I truly believe my mother was there.” Linda Mock’s 88-year-old mother, Betty Ley, died suddenly on March 11 following a short illness.
At Montgomery Fire Station 1 on Wednesday evening, four MCHD paramedics and two Montgomery Fire Department firefighters who in the early morning of March 21 helped deliver her gathered to introduce themselves to the buoyant baby. Lindley Mock, a former interior design teacher at Spring’s Klein Collins High School, held her daughter whose blue eyes sparkled under a burgundy velvet bow adorning her small head.
A dispatcher gave Linda Mock instructions on delivering the baby with grandfather Leo Mock Jr., 67, helping along. A rush of worrisome moments were calmed as Baby Khloe was delivered. MCHD paramedic Larson Johnson had the honor of cutting the umbilical cord.
Toward the end of the reunion, Linda Mock presented the fire station with a framed studio portrait of a month-old Baby Khloe, a firefighter’s silver badge placed beside her.
The whole experience was a surprise for Lindley Mock, who had two doctors appointments lined up the following day. It was also foreseen by the first-time mom for as soon as she found out she was pregnant, Lindley Mock said she sensed it would be an at-home delivery.
“I always had that thought that I’m gonna be the one that doesn’t make it” to the hospital, she said.
After the back-of-an-SUV birth, Baby Khloe was taken to HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe and kept in neonatal care for 13 days to ensure she could breathe and eat at the same time and to help her maintain her own body temperature.
Baby Khloe is all healthy, her mother confirmed, describing her as an active and mobile baby who is standing on her own and likely to start walking soon.
“Every day you pass by it, you will remember the baby that you touched first,” she said.