FULTON COUNTY, GA- “You want fries with that (newborn)?”
That’s possibly what employees at a McDonald’s in Fulton County, Georgia may have been asking after a local woman gave birth in the restroom of the restaurant, 9-News reports.
The story begins at 3:00 a.m. the night before Thanksgiving, when Alandria Worthy started feeling contractions. Because the contractions were still some 15-20 minutes apart, she didn’t feel there was any great rush.
“I read to not go to the hospital as soon as you start feeling them because they were still 15 to 20 minutes apart, so I didn’t want to be in the hospital pushing hours and hours,” she said.
About four hours later at around 7:30 a.m., the contractions started to pick up, at about one-and-a-half minutes apart.
Feeling that it was probably time to head to the hospital, her fiancé, Deandre Phillips helped her put everything in the car to go to the hospital. Having just moved to Georgia last week, they were staying in an Airbnb about 45 minutes from the hospital.
“I immediately felt like I had to use the bathroom,” she explained. “So we stopped by McDonald’s to use the bathroom.”
What originally was intended to be only a short time quickly devolved as her water broke inside the restroom.
“I went into the bathroom and my water broke immediately,” Worthy said. “It was an experience because it happened so fast.”
When her water broke, the intensity of her contractions increased to the point where she started screaming, she said. This led a woman to come into the bathroom to check on her.
“She was like, ‘Are you okay?’ and I was like, ‘No, I’m in labor,” she said. “I said, ‘Somebody get the man in the car—I need him!”
The woman who had stopped in to check on worthy was the General Manager for the McDonalds, Tunisia Woodward.
“I thought they was joking, and I open this door, didn’t see anyone, but I saw feet [under the door],” Woodward said. “I opened, and she was on this toilet lying back, screaming. Then I knew to tell my crew; we’re having a baby today.”
The McDonald’s employees then began working as a team to help Worthy, with Woodward enlisting two of her employees, Sha’querria Kaigler and Keisha Blue-Murray to help.
“Sha’querria grabbed the phone, dialed 911. Keisha ran, looking at the door,” Woodward recalled.
It soon became apparent to Phillips however that his fiancée’s bathroom break seemed to be taking an inordinate amount of time, leading him to run inside the building.
“He ran into them at the same time and said, ‘Babe are you alright?’ and I said, ‘No, she’s coming, she’s coming,” Worthy continued. “I was like we’re about to have a baby, and his instincts kicked in immediately.”
That was when Phillips and the McDonald’s employees got down to business to help the soon-to-be mother.
“She was on the toilet screaming,” Phillips recalled. “I was trying to calm her down because she was frantic. I was like just breathe. I got her on the floor, and I took off my clothes. The ladies at McDonald’s were at her front side, holding her hands. I had her feet propped up on my knees. “We told her to push three pushes. She was a fighter.”
Only three pushes and some fifteen minutes later, Worthy and Phillips were the proud parents of a little girl, Nandi Airyah Moremi Phillips.
“I see her head! I see her head,” Phillips said while reenacting the experience. “Push, push, push.”
“Oh my God, it’s still crazy that it happened,” Worthy replied.
“Yes, she popped out onto my hand,” Phillips said.
With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, the couple now realizes that their daughter was only moments away from being born while they were on the highway.
“I was on the phone with emergency dispatch so they were telling us what to do through the phone. That was the good thing that we had many people there—because I wouldn’t be able to multitask, if I was in [sic] the highway in the car and the traffic,” Phillips recalled.
The couple believe that “divine intervention” led them to McDonald’s where their three guardian angels in the form of the McDonald’s crew helped them deliver their child.
“We all are mothers and so we put our heads together and all we needed daddy to do was catch the baby. And he did,” Woodward said. “It’s a day I’ll never forget. I’m going to tell this story from here on out.”
Despite Worthy and Phillips naming their daughter “Nandi Airyah Moremi Phillips,” the crew at McDonald’s that helped bring her into the world have assigned her their own nickname.
“I said, we’re going to name her Little Nugget. That’s her nickname: McDonald’s Little Nugget,” Woodward said.
That nickname sets just fine with the baby’s family.
“She’s definitely a nugget,” Phillips said. “My parents loved the name too. We were like, okay, it fits her. My little nugget.”
As a reward for their efforts, the three McDonald’s associates were all rewarded with $250 gift cards by the owner of the local franchise, Steve Akinboro, to help with their Thanksgiving expenses.
However Woodward doesn’t plan on using the gift card on herself, but rather on Nandi.
“This was my reward but I’m going to spend it all on Lil’ Nugget. It’s all going to her. Clothes and pampers, some onesies, some socks,. Everything is going to her,” Woodward said.
She believes the experience of going through the child’s birth was more rewarding than being recognized.
“It gave me a new look, a new awe; it woke me up. Just helping bring a life in! It was just amazing,” Woodward added.
She added that Little Nugget had done something else for her…inspired her to go to culinary school.
“I’ve been on a high ever since,” she said. “Even today, cooking, it put a spark in me to just go for one of my dreams and go to culinary school so that’s what I be doing after Little Nugget sparked me up!”
Meanwhile, the proud mommy and daddy plan on going back to the McDonald’s to show their gratitude to the three guardian angels who helped bring their daughter into the world.
“We want to wish them a happy Thanksgiving and thank them for helping deliver our beautiful Nugget,” Phillips said.
“Yes, our Thanksgiving blessing,” the new mommy added.
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