Fast Food

Florida Woman Gives Birth to Son at McDonald's

It's no surprise that McDonald's can whip up a Big Mac five minutes after ordering, but this Lake Wales Micky D's can also deliver a baby boy in that time too.

On the way to a doctor's appointment last Monday, 20-year-old Shardonnay Hill asked her grandmother to quickly stop at the McDonald's on Central Avenue in Lake Wales to use the restroom. Then she went into labor.

"Get some boxes, and let's flatten them out and get her to lay down," Hill's grandmother told the staff. "She can't have the baby over the toilet.'"

With the help of three employees and the Polk county 911 dispatcher, Hill gave birth to a baby boy five minutes into the call. Officially named Joshua, the newborn's aunt explains that the boy will forever be nicknamed Ronald to honor the heroism of the McDonald's staff and because it's also his mother's favorite restaurant.

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Only six months pregnant, Hill's delivery was fast. But once the baby boy emerged, he was not breathing or crying. It was then that a McDonald's employee burst open the amniotic sac and rubbed the infant's back under direction of the 911 dispatcher.

He started breathing, moving, and changed color to everyone's relief. The paramedics soon arrived and rushed the mother and child to Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center in Davenport.

The heroic staff was later identified as Catherine Page, Phylis Tirado, and Jessica Robtouch.

And to think, they did all that with no purchase necessary.



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Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
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