Oklahoma City, OK (CBS/KWTV) - There were some tense moments for a young pregnant mother on her way to the hospital as she ends up giving birth inside her car. It all turned into a complicated situation complete with a roller coaster ride of emotions.
Keaton Mason and her fiancé were just 15 minutes away from home when their baby decided it was time. What happened next is being called a miracle, a gift from God. It was just before 10 Thursday evening when people at a local truck stop were in for a surprise.
A baby girl was born in the passenger seat of a Honda had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.
Mom and dad were on the phone with 911 panicking not knowing what to do. In that moment, the baby was not breathing but help was just feet away.
A man named Gary Wilson was in the right place at the right time. Paramedic Sandra Lesperance says, "He did everything perfectly right."
Gary saved the infant's life by freeing her neck, tying the umbilical cord and rubbing her back. Another paramedic says he, "Looked over and this guy was holding a sign saying Memphis."
The hero was a homeless man hitch hiking east. Jennifer Morris says, "I would describe his as kind of like looking like Jesus. He had the long hair, the long beard, very nice gentleman."
New mom Keaton Mason says, "He kept me pretty calm actually. He said everything's OK. She's OK. She's breathing."
On one of the 911 calls, you can hear the dispatcher say, "Six inches from the baby, do not cut it." And Wilson replying in a polite calm voice, "Yes ma'am. I'll do that. Six inches away from the baby."
The voice of Gary Wilson who by the next morning was already long gone. Tatum Brown was born 4 pounds 11 ounces, four weeks early, but doctors say she is doing just fine.
After Gary's good deed employees at the truck stop offered him a hot meal and a place to sleep. The homeless man told people at the truck stop he was from Montana and is making his way to Jacksonville, Florida.