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Victorville dad delivers baby with 911 help

January 23, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Parenthood is filled with surprises, but the biggest one for Dominic and Christiana Onnikikami of Victorville came with the early arrival of their second child on what was also their 2-year-old son's birthday.

Onnikikami says he had just arrived home Thursday to find his pregnant wife in labor and packed the car for the 10 minute drive to St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley - that is, until her water broke.

"I look down and I see water all over the place," Dominic Onnikikami said. "She said, 'The baby is right here! The baby is right here! I can feel the head. It's about to pop out,' and I'm like, 'Are you kidding me?'"

With his nerves rattled, he dialed 911 hoping someone would arrive in time to deliver his child.

To complicate matters, the couple's son Kelvin Kenile was screaming in the background.

With the help of a 911 operator, the Onnikikamis began the process of delivering their child on a bathroom floor.

"She said, 'OK, what you do now, the baby is very slippery, be careful,'" Dominic Onnikikami recalled. "She said, 'Gently go inside, grab onto the shoulders and then slowly get the baby out.'"

About 6 p.m., Raymond Ojore came into the world weighing in at 7 pounds with a strong set of lungs.

"It was some experience, I must say," the father said.