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VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) — A pregnant New Jersey woman managed to deliver her child in the cab of a pickup truck as her husband drove to the hospital.

Keshia Melchiorre and her husband, Steve, were heading from their home in Southampton to Virtua Hospital in Voorhees early Tuesday but the baby wasn’t waiting, she told WPVI-TV (

Melchiorre safely delivered her daughter Portia in the front seat of the pickup. Her husband didn’t even have time to pull over.

The baby wasn’t due until Jan. 23.

She wrapped the baby in her sweat shirt and her husband had to remind her to check if it was a boy or a girl, she said, adding that “it was just complete shock.”

Portia was born 4 pounds, 12 ounces, and a medical team rushed out to cut the umbilical cord when the family arrived at the hospital.

Keshia Melchiorre said she went through 10 or 12 hard hours of labor with her other daughter, Penelope.

Mother and baby are in good condition at the hospital.


This story has been corrected to show the call letters for the television station were WPVI, not WABC.