NAVARRO COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) Three detention officers became makeshift doctors, and heroes, when an inmate went into premature labor early Tuesday morning.
According to officials, Detention Sgt. Robin
Woodall, and Detention Officers Betty Rivera and April Martin helped
deliver the first of a set of twins at the Navarro County Jail, saving
not only the babies' lives, but their mother's.
"The officers, without hesitation, worked
together in a time sensitive situation to help deliver the first of the
two babies," said Sheriff Elmer Tanner.
The Sheriff praised his staffers for showing such grace under pressure.
"I would like to praise their fast-thinking,
dedication, calmness and compassion during a very stressful situation
that could have ended very differently."
Some specific health questions could not be
answered due to HIPAA laws, but Sheriff Tanner provided as much insight
as he could about the family's status.
"Obviously with the situation of premature
babies, the mother and the children’s health was of a main priority, and
we have taken action to make sure they are receiving the proper medical
care," he said.