Baby Delivered At FCMC During Storm
Unable to make the ride to Chambersburg Hospital due to swirling snow, worsening roadway conditions and insufficient time, McConnellsburg resident Tasha Knepper was rushed by private vehicle to Fulton County Medical Center last Wednesday, where, with assistance from emergency staff, she gave birth to her second child – Tucker Eugene Stouffer.
Tasha’s contractions began during the late afternoon hours, causing her boyfriend, Andrew Stouffer, to jump into action preparing the couple for their trip to the hospital. Unfortunately, truck troubles led the couple and Tasha’s parents, Rick and Susie Keefer, to initiate a search for a spare vehicle that would get them from their home along Overly Raker Road in Todd Township to the nearby hospital.
According to Tasha, they were fortunate to get the truck started again and were greeted at the hospital emergency room by their family at 4:05 p.m.
Tasha said she was worried about the time factor knowing how quickly her first child was born, but she was in no way nervous about giving birth at the Medical Center, which in spite of eliminating its obstetrics and gynecology department in 2000 has still delivered approximately a half dozen babies in the last 10 years.
“They were all prepared and had me get right into bed ... . They just led me right through it,” Tasha said of the emergency room staff headed by Dr. Douglas D. Stern, D.O. Other emergency staff on hand for the delivery were registered nurses Lynn Lanehart and Michele Hann; Becky Dase, LPN and director of patient care services; Sharon Fisher, MSN/RN; respiratory therapist Judy Shafer; and secretary Ashley Love.
Tipping the scales at 6 pounds, 13 ounces and slightly more than 19 inches long, Tucker Eugene Stouffer entered the world at 6:53 p.m. Family members jest that maybe Tucker should have been named “Storm” due to the weather conditions at the time of his entry into the world.
Both mother and child were kept under observation at the Medical Center until Route 30 between McConnellsburg and St. Thomas was reopened to travellers on Thursday. Tasha and Tucker were transferred to Chambersburg Hospital and were released mid-afternoon Friday.
Looking back at her experience, Tasha said the event was certainly “exciting.”
“I wouldn’t have had it any other way,” stated Tasha of her son’s birth at Fulton County Medical Center. “I had a very positive experience.”