October 11, 2016
An expectant mother walks in to Walmart for baby supplies but leaves with a whole lot more. With the help of some fast-acting strangers, Cecilia Rivas gave birth at the checkout stand!
Fortunately, a Spanish-speaking Good Samaritan customer was right behind Rivas and helped her lie down and push, while some fast-acting Walmart employees closed down the checkout lane.
"It can happen. Contractions can be really painful to not-so-painful, so some moms just don't realize they're in labor," explained Janette Barney, Director of Labor and Delivery at Mountain View Hospital in Payson.
Baby Matias has one brother and one sister, who Rivas says are both very eager to bring him home. The bundle of joy weighs 6 pounds, 12 ounces. Doctors say if he continues to do well, he and Rivas could leave Mountain View Hospital within a week. Experts are also now treating the baby with antibiotics, just in case he picked up any germs at Walmart.