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Published April 30, 2012, 10:23 AM

Hospital officials help Jamestown cashier in labor

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — Two Jamestown hospital workers shopping at Walmart were forced into action when a pregnant cashier's water broke. Heather Elston had been having contractions before coming to work on April 19.

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — Two Jamestown hospital workers shopping at Walmart were forced into action when a pregnant cashier's water broke.

Heather Elston had been having contractions before coming to work on April 19. She was helping Jeremey Schiele and Dane Grebel exchange a television set bought for a hospital office when her baby started coming.

"I had gotten as far as scanning the transaction number on their new TV when the next thing I know I feel a really sharp pain and then there was water everywhere," she told The Jamestown Sun (http://bit.ly/JMcMfj ).

Neither hospital worker is a doctor — Grebel works as support services manager and Schiele the information technology manager at Jamestown Regional Medical Center — but they had a hospital van equipped with a wheelchair. The two men wheeled Elston out to the van and drove her and the new TV to the hospital.

"We heard some clapping and a couple people saying 'good job' as we walked out," Schiele said.

Elston underwent an emergency cesarean section. She said she and baby Juanita are doing fine, and she is grateful for the efforts of Schiele and Grebel.

"They didn't have to do all that for me, but I'm really glad they did," she said. "I just want to thank them so much for that."

Grebel and Schiele said they are glad they were in the right place at the right time and everything worked out for the best.

"It's certainly something you don't do every day," Schiele said.

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Information from: The Jamestown Sun, http://www.jamestownsun.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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