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Utah Trooper Helps Deliver Twins

June 05, 2013  | 

A Utah trooper helped an anxious mother deliver her twins along a desolate stretch of highway on Sunday and likely saved the life of one of the newborns who had turned purple.

Lynette Hales went into labor along Interstate 80 while her friend, Jim Gerber, was driving her to a Salt Lake City hospital.

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Nathan Powell arrived from 30 miles away to find Hales' first baby, J.J., not breathing and purple. Powell pulled out a suction tool to clear the baby's mouth and nose, and gave the infant oxygen. Just as the boy began to breathe on his own, Hales went into labor with the second baby, reports KSFY.

With Gerber and a Toelle County sheriff's deputy staying with J.J., Powell and his fellow trooper moved over to help Hales deliver the second boy, Anthony James, or A.J. He came out feet first but was breathing.

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