A baby girl spent her first moments on Earth underneath the golden arches when she was born at McDonald’s in Atlanta, Ga., the night before Thanksgiving.
Her parents had decided to stop by the restaurant for a quick bite to eat. They did not expect their daughter to arrive before leaving the parking lot, but McDonald’s staff helped them through.
According to a statement provided to WSB-TV in Atlanta, three employees rushed to the aid of a pregnant customer after hearing a scream from the restroom. The customer’s water had broken and she was going into active labor.
Sha’querria Kaigler, Keisha Blue-Murray and Tunisia Woodward – the three employees – were going about work as usual when the woman’s labor started, said WSB. They helped deliver a baby girl.
According to ABC News, a customer also came out of the bathroom and alerted Woodward about the situation. Woodward told the outlet in an interview that she went to find the customer laying down on the floor, breathing heavily and screaming. Overall, her labor only lasted around 15 minutes and the baby was born before paramedics arrived.
Although the customer didn’t want to give birth in the bathroom, Woodward reassured her that everything would work out.
“It’s okay you’re going to have a little nugget today,” she told her.
“These three local Atlanta employees are a fantastic example of our crew making a difference for our customers and local communities every day!” McDonald’s officials said, per WSB.
Store owner Steve Akinboro, gave all three $250 gift cards to help with their Thanksgiving celebrations. He called the event “the epitome of a feel-good moment for my team.”
Identities of the mother and baby have not been revealed. However, Woodward said she has been texting with the mother since the surprise birth and that both are in good health. Woodward and the employees are planning a baby shower for her at the Atlanta location next week, according to ABC News.