Chick-fil-a is well known for its chicken-based fast food meals, but one dad recently learned that nuggets and fries aren’t the only things being delivered at the chicken chain!
Robert Griffin and his wife Maggie already have kids, and they were dropping those kids off with a friend at Chick-Fil-A before heading to the hospital to welcome a brand new baby. While there, Maggie needed to use the bathroom, and in the first twist in what was about to become a saga, the restaurant was already closed.
Robert recounted the whole story on his Facebook page in a post that has since gone viral, and for good reason.
“By the time we got to the restaurant, Maggie was in active labor and said she REALLY had to go to the bathroom. But it was after 10pm and Chick-Fil-A was closed. After banging on the glass, the staff answered the door and let Maggie in.”
Turns out Mom wasn’t the only one who wanted to use the bathroom, because baby Gracelyn decided she was ready to enter the world right then, at 10pm in a fast food restaurant’s restroom. Robert let the remaining staff know, and they dutifully went off to call 911 and warm some towels in the oven so they’d be ready for Gracelyn’s arrival.
But the little girl wasn’t going to make it easy.
The experienced dad, and amateur doctor, kept his cool and helped his wife deliver their newborn under less-than-ideal circumstances that quickly became even less than less-than-ideal when Robert noticed that Gracelyn’s umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck. Twice!
“When she got to the shoulders, I realized the chord was wrapped around her neck TWICE. didn’t want to alert my wife, so just told her try to relax for a minute and I was somehow able to unwrap the chord from the baby’s neck.”
Any single one of these complications might have thrown any doctor for a loop, no pun intended, but Robert stayed calm and helped his wife and daughter through it all.
“For all the chaos, we all did amazing. Cut the chord while still in the bathroom, kept Gracie stable and mom calm, and it all worked out….not as planned, but everyone’s healthy. Her birth certificate reads “Born in Chick-Fil-A” and The hospital had me sign the birth certificate as the attending physician.”
For their part, Chick-Fil-A has guaranteed Gracelyn free meals for the rest of her life, and a job when turns 14.