Women Starts Forest Fire After Giving Birth in the Forest


35-year-old Amber Pangborn of Oroville, California recently lived through a nightmare.  At nine months pregnant, she was driving on a lonely stretch of road in Northern California when she went in to labor.  She was trying to get to her parent’s home, and made a last minute decision to take a back road, but the further she drove the more she realized she was lost. She had lost cell phone reception, was out of gas and was in labor.






Fighting off wasps and mosquitos, she had no choice but to pull over and give birth to her baby girl in the forest. She named her Marissa. With little food and water available, and after three days of being stranded Pangborn began to lose hope.

“The meat bees came out and were trying to get the placenta. I was trying to get them not to sting her and I got stung trying to keep them away from the baby,” she told CBS News. Amber was stung multiple times, but she shielded her baby from the insects. What a nightmare, right?

Living out of her car, and knowing she and the baby desperately needed medical attention, Pangborn managed to start a signal fire.  It was the only thing she could think of that would get attention.  She was right. The smoke was picked up by a U.S. Forest Service fire detection system, and a few hours later a rescue helicopter was sent in.

Amber and her baby were taken to the hospital for medical evaluation and are doing amazingly well after their adventurous ordeal!



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