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Shrimp boat cook goes into labor, captain delivers
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2007-09-04 11:34
There's nothing in the shrimp boat captain's manual that gives advice about how to deliver a baby 30 miles from land, so captain Ed Kiesel grabbed a first aid handbook, a new roll of paper towels and went about his business when the ship's cook went into labor.

Kiesel knew there was trouble on the high seas when the baby boy's feet stuck out first.

"I'm no doctor, but even I knew that's not supposed to happen," Kiesel said. "I reached with my fingers ... as gently as I could and popped out his left shoulder and then his right. But then the little guy was stuck by his head, being strangled. So I did the only thing I could I waited for a contraction and then slid my fingers in around the top of his head and scooped him out."

But the newborn wasn't breathing, so Kiesel gently administered CPR.

"I started giving mouth-to-mouth, three short puffs, and then thumping and rubbing its back," he said.

The baby began to take short breaths, and after 20 to 25 minutes of CPR, took a breath. His lips turned rosy and he started crying.

"I was so happy and relieved," said Cindy Preisel, mother of the newborn boy. "It's hard to put into words."

Kiesel sterilized shrip net twine in boiling water and used it to tie off the umbilical cord and cut the infant free from his mother.

Friends waited at the dock in Freeport, about 55 miles south of Houston, with bottles and baby clothes. Preisel named the baby Brian Edward Mawhorr, after his father and the captain who delivered him. The baby wasn't due until mid-September.

Kiesel said the boat, which set out from Fort Myers, Fla., on July 15, will head out to the Gulf of Mexico again on Friday. The newborn's father, Brian Mawhorr, will continue on as a deck hand, but Preisel planned to stay with family.

"We set out with a crew of three, and we came back with a crew of four," Kiesel said. "We're not getting too much new blood in the shrimp industry, so I guess we have to manufacture our own."

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