Saline County Deputy Delivers Premature Baby

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Saline county woman goes into labor nearly four months early and the first responder on the scene, a sheriff's deputy, has to deliver the baby.

Chance Betzner's first name was already picked out but his parents say now the name is a perfect fit. When Chance's mom went into labor nearly four months early, it was just by *chance that help was nearby.

"Happened to be at the right spot at the right time, so that saying is true,” father Chase Betzner said.

"I was scared. I was shaking. I was trying to comprehend, 'why is he here so early?'” mother Amber Falk said.

Deputy Jeremy Trostle got to the house first. The paramedics were on their way. He says he called them and they told him he'd have to deliver the baby.

"You know I've done this for eight and a half years. I'm not going to say I wasn't scared but I tried to remain calm for her sake so we could get through it together,” Saline County Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Trostle said.

Paramedics stayed on the line to walk him through the delivery but Trostle says Chance was already on his way out.

"We're talking probably under one minute,” Deputy Trostle said.

"Next thing we know. Here he is,” Betzner said.

Chance was born 15 weeks early. He weighed only one pound, 12 ounces.

"Just tiny,” Betzner said.

Deputy Trostle tells us he's never delivered a baby before but he has experience with preemies. His own child was born premature and died a few months later.

"You've been down that road so you kind of know the worst of what to expect and help the parents out so,” Deputy Trostle said.

"We do thank him so much that he was there to help us,” Falk said.

The new parents say Chance is getting a little stronger every day. They tell us they're thankful for his health and the support they've received from family, friends, and first responders.

"We can't thank them enough. It's making me feel good to know that I have people praying for him,” Falk said.

Chance was supposed to be a Christmas baby. Doctors expect he'll remain in the neonatal intensive care unit at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita at least until his original due date, December 26th.

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