Waipahu Mom: Freeway birth was a miracle

Tiera Tamayo and baby Zahnyssa.
Tiera Tamayo and baby Zahnyssa.

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A Honolulu Police Department solo bike officer says it was divine intervention. A Waipahu mom calls it a miracle.

To say baby Zahnyssa was excited to come into this world is an understatement.

“She wanted everybody know that she was there,” mother Tiera Tamayo said.

Zahnyssa is Tiera and Marty Tamayo’s third child, but unlike her siblings, Zahnyssa entered the world with one heck of an entrance.

Tiera went into labor at about 4 a.m. Thursday. She and her husband left for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, but found themselves stuck in rush-hour traffic on the H-1 Freeway near the Middle Street merge.

“I was like already in so much pain. I wasn’t even paying attention and he was like, ‘So what do you want me to do? Do you want me to driving and keep going or do you want me stop by the cops or what?’ I was like, ‘I don’t know,’ so he stopped behind them,” Tiera said.

Solo bike officer Stephen Keogh and two other officers were handling another issue on the freeway.

“The dad pulled up right behind us in his pick-up truck and hopped out and said ‘Hey, I need some help, I don’t thing we’re going to make it to the hospital. My wife is expecting. Can you help us out?,’” Officer Keogh said.

Officer Keogh says mom and dad were calm and baby wasn’t waiting.

“She had her own agenda. She didn’t want to wait, I guess, to head to the hospital,” Officer Keogh said.

“All of a sudden, my water broke and everything just went from there. Literally after my water broke, couple of seconds after that she was already coming out,” Tiera said. “I was just like I want an epidural, but I knew that it wasn’t happening.”

This wasn’t the first time Officer Keogh has delivered a baby girl on the job. It happened six months ago on the H-1 Freeway.

“It’s just one of those things who knows, who knows,” Officer Keogh said. “In the academy, we don’t get OBGYN.”

“Thank you so much, Officer Keogh. I’m sorry I didn’t get to thank you in person right then and there, but trust me, thank you so much. You brought this little baby into the world,” Tiera said.

As for a second career, the six-year HPD veteran says, “I’m happy doing what I’m doing.”

“He’s on the birth certificate as far as delivering the baby though as the attending physician,” Tiera said.

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