After suffering two miscarriages, Greg and Andrea Smith turned to God for a miracle. The couple had always wanted a baby and knew that — with “God’s will” — one day they would.
And they eventually did get pregnant.
However, the couple, who were new to Houston, Texas, had a lot of work cut out for them regarding the birth of their first child. According to People, as the water began to rise and Hurricane Harvey began to bear down on the city, Greg somehow “knew instantly” that Andrea would go into labor in conjunction with it.Screenshot/MTN News
The Smiths relocated to Houston in late July to embark on their advanced medical training. Greg told People that they were “new to hurricanes,” but thankfully for them, their neighbors and co-workers were not.
So when Andrea’s contractions signaled the baby’s incoming arrival, Greg was panicked to see that the floodwaters had risen above the expected five inches to nearly three feet. Realizing that he could not drive to the hospital in such terrible conditions, it dawned on Greg that they weren’t getting out. Frenzied, Greg called 911. He explained to People:
“It kept kicking us off the line. I couldn’t get through.”
When it finally did:
“I put it on speaker phone to wait for someone to answer.”
No one did.
Greg’s mother, Sue Chor, who had come into town to assist her family, desperately tried contacting the Coast Guard. When they didn’t answer, she tried the National Guard, who reported that they would not arrive in time.
Trapped, Greg realized he’d have to deliver his baby on his own.
Although obstetrics weren’t his area of expertise:
“I had some courage[.] Even if I had to do a home birth, I felt like it was going to be okay.”
The couple was gearing up for a “primitive” at home birth sans medical supplies when they learned that there were numerous medical professionals living in their apartment complex. A neighbor took to the community message board to call out for help:
Shortly after, the Smiths’ doctor, nurse, and EMT neighbors came knocking at their door, bearing “sutures, scissors, and other supplies.”
Chor got right to work, sterilizing the medical tools. Greg contacted a friend on video chat who’s an obstetrician and said he would help Greg through the delivery process. Chor was impressed:
“My son was cool, calm and collected. He was ready to deliver his child.”
As the floodwaters continued rising, a neighbor offered up her second-floor apartment as a safer alternative. The Smiths’ neighbors continued their unbridled kindness when someone contacted “someone whose father lived across the street from a fire station.” That man braved the weather and reported the trapped couple to the firefighters.
Shortly thereafter, firemen arrived in a large trash truck saying, “We’re here for you.”
Chor recalled the moment:
“The next thing I know, there’s a ride for Annie and Greg. They grabbed their coats and umbrellas and the baby’s bags. Then off they went.”
Grasping hands, the neighbors formed a human chain to assist Andrea to the truck through the water which was, at that point, waist-high.
“We were soaked. We sat on top of all these fire hoses, while firemen drove us to the hospital. They were careful to go slow and keep us safe.”
When Greg and Andrea arrived at the hospital, they were greeted with dry clothes and a delivery room.
And, at 1:59 a.m. on Monday, Andrea gave birth to a healthy baby girl.Screenshot/MTN News
The infant had a few minor issues that required her to spend some time in the intensive care unit (ICU). Greg said:
“If she were born at home, that wouldn’t have been the best place for her. I’m so glad she’s in the hospital.”
The couple decided on the name “Adrielle,” meaning “she belongs to God.”Screenshot/MTN News
The family is grateful for the abundance of help from all of their neighbors. Chor said that “everyone was amazing.”
Greg added, “Everything about this pregnancy we said is God’s will.”