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Aug 29, 2014 7:51 PM by Valerie Ponseti

Opelousas Marine Delivers Son in Parking Lot

An Opelousas Marine welcomed his fourth son into the world Wednesday, but it didn't go exactly as he planned.

Brian Ardoin's wife Katrina called him at work to say it was time to have their baby. He rushed home to get her to the hospital, but their baby boy was not delivered by the family doctor, but by Brian himself in the parking lot of Opelousas General Hospital.

"She was screaming and hollering, she was in some pain when the contractions would come. And I'm like, 'Baby, it's going to be alright, it's going to be okay,'" Brian said.

"But I still just knew we weren't going to make it," Katrina said.

The Ardoins made it to the hospital just in time to park, but with no time to go inside.

"She's saying, 'Brian, it's here.' And she's crying, 'It's here!' My 5-year-old's standing up in the back seat watching everything and he's crying too," Brian said.

Then Brian delivered his 8-pound, 22-inch son in the parking lot in his Marine uniform. Brian and his wife attribute his ability to stay calm to experience.

"I was with my wife for all of our pregnancies and watching what the doctors did," Brian said.

"He may have been nervous on the inside, which I really think he was. But he just did what he had to do to save Mr. (baby) Benjamin," Katrina said.

Katrina and baby Benjamin are both home now and healthy. The Ardoins said they don't know if they will have any more children, but if they do they hope it's in a hospital with the help of a doctor.

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