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Homeless man helps save baby born at truck stop

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A homeless man hitchhiking at a truck stop near Oklahoma City turned out to be an angel for a young pregnant woman.

Keaton Mason and her fiance were heading to a hospital because Mason was labor. They didn't make it, and Mason ended up giving birth in their white Honda at a truck stop along Interstate 40, News9.com reports.

Mason's baby girl was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.

"The lady was screaming, 'My baby, my baby's blue. … She's not breathing,'" said Jennifer Morris who was at the truck stop and called 911.

Then Gary Wilson appeared.

"Her angel was there," paramedic Sandra Lesperance later said. Wilson was hitching a ride to Memphis but stopped to assist the panicking couple.

Wilson kept Mason calm and removed the cord from the newborn's neck, News9.com reports.

"He did everything perfectly right," Lesperance said. On the 911 tape you can hear a polite Wilson following directions from the operator.

Mason said, "He kept me pretty calm. ... He said, 'Everything's OK. She's OK, she's breathing.'"

Truck stop employee Waneva Morris told News9.com that Wilson sort of looked like Jesus. "He had the long hair, the long beard. A very nice gentleman," Morris said.

Mason agreed, saying, "He was our angel that night. That's for sure."

Tatum Brown was born four weeks early, weighing 4 pounds, 11 ounces, and doctors say she is doing fine.

For his heroism, Wilsonwho told folks at the truck stop he was from Montana and en route to his final destination of Jacksonville, Fla.got a free meal at the truck stop and was offered a place to stay.

By the next morning, Wilson was already gone. But he will be forever in the graces of Mason and little Tatum for his help along the way.

A homeless man hitchhiking at a truck stop near Oklahoma City turned out to be an angel for Keaton Mason and her fiancée.

The young were heading to a hospital because Mason was expecting. They didn't make it and ended up giving birth in their white Honda at a truck stop along Interstate 40, News9 TV reports.

But there were issues in the delivery.

The baby was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck, according to the TV station.

"The lady was screaming, 'my baby, my baby's blue … she's not breathing," said Jennifer Morris who was at the truck stop and called 911.

Then Gary Wilson appeared.

"Her angel was there," paramedic Sandra Lesperance later said. Wilson was hitching a ride east. He was heading to Memphis but stopped to assist the panicking couple.

Wilson kept Mason calm and removed the cord from the newborn's neck and started rubbing her back.

"He did everything perfectly right," Lesperance told News9. On the 911 tape you can hear a polite Wilson following directions from the operator.

Mason said, "He kept me pretty calm actually."He said 'everything's ok. She's ok, she's breathing.'"

Truck stop employee Waneva Morris told News9 that Wilson sort of looked like Jesus.  "He had the long hair, the long beard. A very nice gentleman," Morris said.

Mason said, "He was our angel that night. That's for sure."

Tatum Brown was born four weeks early at four pounds, 11 ounces. Doctors say she is doing fine, the television station reported.

For his heroic acts and helping to bring a new life into the world, Wilson -- who told folks at the truck stop he was from Montana and on his was to Jacksonville, Fla. -- got a free meal at the truck stop and was offered a place to stay.

But by the next morning, Wilson was already gone down the road.  But Mason and little Tatum will be forever in his graces for his help along the way.

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