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July 25, 2016

Mom and healthy baby girl doing well

Kamriyn Osborne

SURRY-“Load and Go!”  Those words were hastily issued by a Jamestown-Scotland Ferry shift commander shortly before 2am Sunday, July 24, when the crew was alerted to a Surry woman, sitting in her vehicle on the ferry’s Scotland dock, who was in labor.

Before the crew could pull away from the dock, Sherita Judkins gave birth to 6 pound, 13-ounce Kamriyn Santia Osborne in the front passenger seat of her van with the help of the baby’s father, Kevin Osborne.

A nervous Osborne asked crewmembers what to do next.  They instructed him to ensure the baby was breathing and to place her on her mother’s chest.  Osborne followed the crew’s instructions while the ferry prepared to head to the Jamestown dock where an ambulance awaited their arrival.

A pediatric nurse happened to be waiting in line for the ferry and offered to accompany the trio to the waiting ambulance.

Ms. Judkins said as she and Osborne approached the ferry at 1:45 a.m. she told Osborne to “throw on his flashing lights and go right past the other cars and to the head of the line.”   Recalling the early morning events from her Williamsburg hospital room on Sunday night, Judkins said she was “excited, nervous and in a lot of pain,’ at the time.

This morning a thankful Judkins, baby daughter Kamriyn and Osborne are all doing well and hope to be heading home to Surry on the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry by Tuesday.

This is the second time in 13 months that JSF crewmembers have assisted at a delivery on or at the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry.


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