A baby boy born inside a Sheetz restroom Tuesday afternoon in Shenango Township, Lawrence County, has died.
Shenango Township emergency officials reported to the convenience store around 3:30 p.m. after a call regarding a woman who had given birth inside the women's restroom.
Shenango fire Chief David Rishel said an unidentified woman was giving CPR to a male infant on the pullout diaper changing shelf when firefighters and paramedics arrived. He said he saw that, for a time, the baby was moving.
The mother, who was present, told emergency responders that she did not know that she was pregnant, Rishel said. Her name was unavailable Wednesday morning.
The baby and the mother were taken by ambulance to UPMC Jameson, where the baby was pronounced dead. The mother was provided with post-natal care.
Rishel said he and two other members of the township fire department were first to arrive and the woman performing the CPR seemed to know what she was doing.
"She was doing a great job," he said, adding that one of the firemen spelled her off until the baby was taken to the ambulance.
The fire chief said he did not know the mother's name.
"Things were happening so fast," he said.
Lawrence County Deputy Coroner Rich "R.J." Johnson said the woman was transferred to UPMC Horizon in Farrell for treatment, and the coroner's office is waiting for a pathology report from there to determine the gestation.
"We're treating it as a fetal death at this time," he said. "The gestation term will determine if a fetal death certificate is required by law."
CNHI News Service