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Woman has baby in K-Mart store

Rhonda Costa-Landers, Tribune News Service

CARSON CITY – A 28-year-old Stateline resident picked up an unadvertised special Tuesday evening at SuperKmart in Carson City.

After only three contractions, Yasmin Flores delivered her fourth child – a bouncing baby boy weighing 5 pounds 13 ounces at the south entrance of the store.

“She was shopping in the meat section of the store when she collapsed,” said floor manager Rose Heffner.

“I guess that was when her water broke. Another shopper, a blonde woman with two daughters, I don’t know who she was, helped her to the front of the store, where she got her into a wheelchair.

“She (Flores) looked like she was in a lot of pain, maybe more than just labor pains and I was thinking the situation could be something more serious. So I contacted Chris Urso and Jason Lewis from Loss Control and had them help me keep the area clear around her in case of emergency.”

All the while her husband, Rubin Flores, was standing in line with his other children, waiting to pay for their groceries to take home with them. What hampered the situation was that the Flores’ do not speak English.

“We couldn’t find her husband. We then spotted him in the grocery line, waiting to check out their groceries. He had a cart full of groceries and he was in a long line. So we got him to a shorter line because he didn’t want to leave without the groceries,” Heffner said.

Maintenance man Al Robinson was the first to alert Heffner to the situation. At Heffner’s urging, Robinson called 911 and waited for emergency crews to arrive.

“He really deserves the praise for his quick actions,” Heffner said. “As well as the blonde woman. She stayed with (Flores) and comforted her until the paramedics arrived. She was really great.

“After the paramedics arrived, they were trying to take her vital signs. She was saying, ‘Baby, baby, baby,’ and boom, she gave birth right there on the gurney next to the cantaloupes,” said Heffner. “We could hear the baby crying as they rushed her out the door to the ambulance.”

Mom, Dad and baby, Erick, went home from Carson-Tahoe Hospital Wednesday afternoon, all in good health, along with a gift certificate from SuperKmart.

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