Oakridge woman gives birth during snowstorm

To be able to see what was going on, they had to use a flashlight, and they used a wood-burning stove to keep warm.

Posted: Feb 28, 2019 11:42 PM
Updated: Mar 1, 2019 10:00 AM

OAKRIDGE, Ore. -- When the recent snowstorm came through, the city of Oakridge was without power and cut off from the rest of the world.

Without a way to get to a hospital, Stephanie Caroon was forced to give birth to her baby girl in her neighbor's home.

To be able to see what was going on, they had to use a flashlight, and they used a wood-burning stove to keep warm.

Caroon said all went well, and she gave birth to her daughter, McKenzie.

Her husband, John, and her son, Kenny, said they're both happy to have this beautiful little girl in their lives.

Though they couldn't go anywhere because the highway was closed, Caroon said paramedics were able to show up and help out.

"We ended up calling them at six in the morning and gave birth in a house where there were ten other people with my neighbor playing piano. It was a story for sure," Caroon said.

ODOT crews were able to clear Highway 58 on Wednesday, finally allowing the family to get to Eugene.

The family was here in Eugene on Thursday, taking McKenzie to her first doctor's appointments.

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