|July 17, 2014
Baby On Board: DHRD bus welcomes impatient newborn
By Adriana Fehrs
Sharon Buckskin holds her new baby boy, Mathias Lee Buckskin. The mother unexpectedly went into labor on a DHRD bus early Tuesday morning. Luckily, Dr. Muzquiz, Polson THHS Medical Doctor, was visiting the Elmo Tribal Health Center. Half way through Buckskin’s short delivery, the doctor arrived and helped her finish her delivery on the bus. (Adriana Fehrs photo)
ELMO — It was an exciting morning for the CSKT Tribal Transportation on Tuesday, July 15 when Sharon Buckskin gave birth on a CSKT Department of Human Resource Development (DHRD) bus.
That morning when she woke up she says she felt fine, “I hopped in the shower around eight a.m., and everything was normal, but soon after I was done I started getting contractions.” The new mother says she wasn’t due to give birth until Thursday, July 17. The unanticipated event spurred Buckskin to call DHRD for a ride, in hopes of getting to her Dr. Bagnell, at the Ronan Hospital, before she gave birth.
Doug Jackson, CSKT Tribal Transportation, told Buckskin to call 9-1-1 for an ambulance. At 8:50 a.m. the DHRD bus arrived at the Green Hall, where Buckskin was waiting. Anthony “Injun” Plant, the bus driver, says Buckskin boarded the bus with tears in her eyes, and told him her water had broke. This is the second time this occurrence has happened to Plant while working for DHRD.
Injun Plant, DHRD bus driver, got quite the surprise Tuesday morning when Sharon Buckskin went into labor on his bus while he was stopped in Elmo. The mother gave birth to a healthy baby boy, and an ambulance arrived shortly after to transport her and the baby to the St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson. (Adriana Fehrs photo)
Plant acted quickly and ran for assistance. Dana Hewankorn and Gigi Caye, whom were at the Elmo Community Center, came to Buckskin’s aid. “They kept telling me to push, and were holding my hand,” says Buckskin.
Luckily, Dr. Muzquiz, Polson THHS Medical Doctor, was visiting the Elmo Tribal Health Center. Half way through Buckskin’s short delivery, the doctor arrived and helped her finish her delivery. The baby came feet first, and was delivered in the DHRD bus at 9:10 a.m., only twenty minutes after Buckskin’s water broke. A Montana Highway Patrolman was at the scene to donate his shoelace to tie off the umbilical cord.
An ambulance arrived shortly after to take the new mother and baby boy to the St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson. “I told her I nick-named the baby DHRD,” says Plant. The healthy baby boy weighed seven pounds and eleven ounces. Buckskin named the boy Mathias Lee Buckskin, and both mother and child are doing well.