Posted by: Idioma Extra | February 8, 2011

The Weird and the Wonderful

Snowplow leads way to hospital for expectant mom


A special delivery for one Connecticut mom made for a dramatic story with a happy ending.

Cynthia Mello was expecting her second child when her water broke 11 days early. It happened during the height of Thursday’s snowstorm. Snow or not, little Jack was on his way.

“I didn’t think we were going to make it to the hospital on time. I told my husband to start shoveling the driveway. He came back in minutes later and told me there was too much snow,” Mello recalled.

Mello’s husband called 911, but the snow was quickly piling up and the driving conditions were getting worse. She didn’t know if the ambulance would get her from her home in Tolland to Saint Francis Hospital in Harftord in time.

“The ambulance driver told me he had such a hard time getting to us. We live up on a hill, and they had a plow with them leading the way. The driver led us all the way to the hospital,” said Mello.

It wasn’t what she expected, but without that plow driver she says they never would have made it. A trip that usually takes her 20 minutes turned into a two-hour ordeal.

“We were on I-84 and there were four tractor-trailers that had jackknifed. We had to turn around and take back roads to the hospital,” Mello said.

They safely made it to the hospital, and hours later little Jack William Mello was born.

Cynthia and Jack’s unusual escort is now the talk of the hospital.

“She called the ambulance because her water broke, and the next thing we know we have a snowplow leading her in the ambulance so she can have her baby on time,” said Pat McDonald, a nurse.

Not only does baby Jack have a great story to tell his friends one day, he also has a very appropriate nickname — Jack Frost.

Word of the Day

or·deal: \ȯr-ˈdē(-ə)l, ˈȯr-ˌ\
Origin: Middle English ordal, from Old English ordāl; akin to Old High German urteil judgment, Old English dāl division — more at deal
First Known Use: before 12th century
1: a primitive means used to determine guilt or innocence by submitting the accused to dangerous or painful tests believed to be under supernatural control <ordeal by fire>
2: a severe trial or experience

More Vocabulary

Escort: n. a person or group of persons accompanying another to give protection or as a courtesy
Height: n.
highest or most advanced point
Jackknife: v.
to bend in the middle like a folding jackknife; especially of a large truck : to have the back part slide out of control toward the front part
Plow: n.
a vehicle (such as a truck) that has a snowplow attached
Snowplow: n. a flat or curved piece of metal that is attached to the front of a vehicle and used for clearing snow from a road, driveway, etc.

Idioms and Expressions

Pile up: accumulate

  • Through hard work he piled up a huge fortune.

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