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Amidst Rising Floods, Goose Creek Teacher Delivers Baby Boy
09/07/2017
 Perla Reyes and baby Diego Fernando rest at Kingwood hospital.
Photo courtesy of Perla Reyes.
Perla Reyes and baby Diego Fernando rest at Kingwood hospital.

 

Amidst Rising Floods, Goose Creek Teacher Delivers Baby Boy

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By: Beth Dombrowa

Perla Reyes and her husband opted out of naming their new baby boy “Harvey,” although their son was born in the middle of Hurricane Harvey’s historic flood waters. The Travis Elementary teacher and her husband welcomed Diego Fernando Reyes on Monday, Aug. 28, after a harrowing trip to get to the hospital.

Although she wasn’t in active labor, Reyes was 41 weeks pregnant while she and her husband watched news reports of consistently rising water near their Summerwood home. About mid-day on Sunday, they decided it was too risky to wait it out and tried to get downtown to the hospital where Reyes was scheduled to deliver.

 
“The feeder roads were already very high and we had difficulty making it to the freeway,” Reyes said. “It was quite an ordeal.”
 
After ultimately making it to the freeway, the Reyeses found the road they needed to get downtown was closed. A police officer advised them to head north and added, “Go now,” predicting that the flooding would get worse.
 
The Reyeses took his advice and drove further north, where they spotted the Kingwood Medical Center. They explained their situation and, after an examination, it was determined that Reyes’ labor had begun and they were cautioned against attempting to leave, although she had still hoped to make it to the hospital where she was supposed to deliver.
 
At 6:30 a.m. on Monday, the Reyeses welcomed their first baby, Diego, who entered the world at 6 lbs., 9 oz. and 19 ¼ long.

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