Ilie Elijah Popa – Another Romanian Hero

Romanian carpenter Ilie Elijah Popa on Friday
holds baby Ignacio Garcia, whom he helped deliver
shortly after constructing a nativity scene

Christmas Eve, a carpenter, a young couple, a baby born outside. Does this story sound familiar?

Jessica and Jaime Garcia of Bronzeville were expecting their second child and had a due date on Christmas Day.

But very early Thursday morning, Jessica Garcia said in an interview Friday, she went into labor, and she and her husband rushed to St. Joseph Hospital in Lincoln Park.

However, Garcia, 25, was sent home because she wasn’t far enough along. About 11:30 a.m., the couple rushed back, but apparently not soon enough. She started having heavy contractions as they reached the hospital parking garage. Jaime Garcia, 28, attempted to carry his wife into the hospital.

Just 10 feet from the emergency room entrance, the baby’s head started poking out.

Jaime Garcia screamed for help. He looked up and saw “a guy who had a toolbox in a carpenter outfit [coming] to help us. … He was the only one who stopped for help,” Jaime said Friday.

Read HERE the rest of the story.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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