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Special Delivery

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - It was a reunion of sorts in Gautier Wednesday. For the first time, A mother met the dispatcher who helped deliver her baby.

Tricia Bellis and Karla Gross have a new bond thanks to three-week-old baby Veronica.

December 1st, the young overdue-mother found herself in her final stages of labor.

"We wouldn't have made it to the hospital," said Gross.

Karla's husband is serving in Iraq. So with the help of the mother's family and a 911 dispatcher, Karla Gross gave birth to her second daughter.

21-year-old dispatcher Tricia Bellis helped deliver the baby. And for the first time, mother, dispatcher and all those who helped in the deliver re-lived those tense moments.

"You don't know what to expect here. In the hospital you have doctors and trained people so we were very, very nervous," Gross said.

Somehow the mother managed to take directions, translate them in Spanish for her family all while delivering a baby.

Tricia Bellis says it was her first time ever helping a mother give birth.

"We deal with so much death and trauma. It's kind of rewarding to finally bring a life into the world. It was awesome," said Bellis.

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