Forty-two years ago, Daniel Helsel came into the world while his mother was in the back of an ambulance. Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, Helsel was born happy and healthy. He would later go on to become a firefighter, unaware that in the future, his story would come full circle.
One Monday morning, Helsel along with another firefighter, were sent out to help a woman in labor. By the time they got there, they barely had enough time to load her up into the ambulance before she began to deliver her child.
“As soon as she got in the ambulance, the baby’s head [was coming out],” Helsel shared with The Washington Post.
“Everything was good with the delivery, albeit in the back of an ambulance,” Helsel said. While the delivery went smoothly and was unremarkable, Helsel completed an unbelievable circle of events when he delivered that child.
That Monday was his 42nd anniversary of being delivered in the back of an ambulance.
Official Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department Page Firefighter/Paramedic Daniel Helsel delivered a baby in an ambulance on his birthday, 42 years after he was born in an ambulance.
While Helsel usually took the day off for his birthdays, he had decided to make an exception this time. The coincidence of him delivering a child under the exact same circumstances as his own birth on his birthday was not lost on him. He joked with his coworker about this being his inescapable fate.
Helsel’s father, Jesse Helsel, explained to Fox 5 about his son’s birth and the surprising similarities. “We get on the Beltway and he says you are going to have to pull over because the baby is going to come. As soon as that ambulance comes to a stop – I don’t even think it was fully stopped – the side door opens. A state trooper – our son’s guardian angel – comes in. He doesn’t say a word. He assists with the birth and then he leaves.”
Helsel’s birthday present this year was being part of bringing baby Zoe into this world, who is happy and healthy same as her mother. Daniel Helsel would later visit them to check up on them in person and make sure they were doing okay and to snap a quick picture with them.
“We were just trying to get her to the hospital,” Helsel went on to share, “In the moment, you’re just trying to do your job.”
History repeated itself for EMT Dan Helsel. He was born in an ambulance 42 years ago, and he celebrated his birthday by delivering a woman's baby in an ambulance.
Compared to his previous birthdays, this one had certainly been one that he wouldn’t be forgetting any time soon.