Denver mother delivers baby in van on Colfax

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DENVER -- She couldn’t wait to come into the world early Wednesday—a mother gives birth to a baby on Colfax Ave in Denver.

It happened about 3:45 a.m. just feet from where a hit-and-run driver hit several people at a bus stop Tuesday afternoon at Colfax and Josephine.

A FOX31 Denver photojournalist had just arrived at that location to cover the story for the morning news when a different news story unfolded in front of his eyes.

But for an emotional father, gritty Colfax Avenue is the birthplace of his new baby girl.

"Colfax, Josephine, westbound at the bus stop. Twenty-six, female just delivered a baby," says a dispatcher according to the Radio Reference website.

Jose Alberto Nava Flores and his pregnant wife, Rosie, tried making it to St. Joseph’s Hospital.

“All of a sudden a minivan pulls up. A guy jumps out real quick. He doesn't speak any English. So it was like real-life charades. He was trying to physically describe that his wife just had a baby," says FOX31 Photojournalist Josh Hans.

Hans had just arrived at Colfax and Josephine when the woman gave birth to an impatient baby at a bus stop in a minivan about 3:45 a.m.

"When I arrived to the car, the baby had already been born. I was concerned about the mom. There was a lot of blood in the car," says Fran Metz, an RTD security supervisor who just happened to be pulled over, keeping an eye on that location.

Metz called for help. “Can you ask her if she is still bleeding?" she asks a panicked Flores. He doesn’t understand what she’s saying. He speaks very little English.

A weary mom waits calmly in the front seat with new life in her arms.

Paramedics load up mom and take dad inside an ambulance to talk in private.

Language is a barrier. But there’s complete understanding, this is a monumental moment.

"I thought he did great. The tremendous barrier of not being able to communicate with him, the two people who are trying to help him," says Hans.

English words don’t come easy for this dad—except for these three.

"It's a girl," he says.

"I'm just glad it ended well," says Metz.

She was born on Colfax -- a beautiful baby in not always a picturesque place.

"You have people walking by who are down in life. And then to see this miracle was awesome,” says Hans.

The family had gone to St. Joseph’s late Tuesday night for an evaluation. Doctors determined the mother was healthy and stable and the family made the decision to go home.

About an hour later, she went into labor and the baby arrived in record time.

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