Falon and Robert Griffin were looking forward to the arrival of their new baby when they drove to the University Hospital of San Antonio earlier this week. But before they could get there, Falon said she had to make a pit stop. In the 38th week of pregnancy, she was desperately looking for a bathroom. They discovered a chick-fil-A and moved. What happened next proves that the best plans often go awry.
"Chick-fil-A was closed, it was well past 1
"And I was very persistent," added Falon, laughing. Although the employees were closed, they let them in. The Chick-fil-A bathroom break soon became an emergency. The couple's baby, a little girl named Gracelyn, would not give them time to go to the hospital.
"I realized, oh my god, that happened, I'm going to give birth in a Chick-fil-A bathroom!" she told the station.
Her husband was there to help. "I can only see the top of Gracelyn's head, which is just crowning, but I knew we could not go anywhere," Robert said. "So I said to her, sweetie, we're going to do something great and we'll do it right here and we'll do it now."
The chick-fil-A employees said they heard the screams coming from the bathroom and jumped into action. "I was like," OK, that's serious. "That happens." And I phoned a 911 dispatcher, "said Brenda Enriquez.
As the drive-in director of the restaurant, she says she's used to delivering orders – but not deliveries like these. The 911 dispatcher asked her questions about the baby and whether it was crying, and Brenda kept pressure on her to give answers.
Meanwhile, Robert took care of the delivery and took care of some formidable obstacles. Gracelyn's umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck twice. Robert managed to unwind the string, and his daughter took her first breath in the chick-fil-A.
The couple estimates that the whole thing took about six minutes
Robert shared the amazing birth story on Facebook and it quickly gained general attention. "The paramedics arrived 15 minutes later, so we kept them warm by filming the chick, a guy warming up white towels in the kitchen and bringing them to us," the new father wrote. "In the midst of all the chaos, we all did amazing things, cut the chord in the bathroom, keep Gracie calm and mother calm, and everything worked out … not as planned, but all are well." Expecting parents could not have expected that, but as soon as Gracelyn was in her arms, they did not seem to mind how things worked.
"It's pretty ironic that a proud conservative, Christian family would get a baby a chick-fil-A and wrapped up in a Trump 2020 T-shirt! BOOM," Robert wrote.
The fast food will always be a part of her because it's so written on her birth certificate. "On her birth certificate," Born in Chick-fil-A "and in the hospital, I had to sign the birth certificate as a treating doctor," it says on Robert's Facebook post.
The Chick Fil A branch also gave Gracelyn another type of certificate, one that promises her a job when she turns 16.
And not only that – the family told KENS that the restaurant has given her free chick-fil-a food for life.
Chick-fil-A Inc.'s corporate office confirmed to CBS News that the baby was born one of its locations, but declined to provide additional details. "Chick-fil-A restaurants are all locally owned and operated, and the offer [of free food and a job] came directly from the local local restaurant operator and not Chick-fil-A, Inc.," the company said.
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