Mom gives birth in woods: Amber Pangborn

Published: July 1, 2015

Mom gives birth in woods: Amber Pangborn, A 35-year-old Northern California woman was rescued over the weekend days after becoming stranded in Plumas National Forest and being forced to give birth without any assistance, KTLA sister station KTXL reported.

Amber Pangborn, of Oroville, was traveling on the Oroville-Quincy Highway last Thursday when the pregnant woman went into labor, according to the Sacramento-area station.

She decided to take a back road to her parents’ house, but ran out of gas on the way. Pangborn’s cellphone was also no longer getting a signal, she told KTXL.

Stranded in the forest, and with the nearest help miles away, she had no choice but to deliver the baby girl by herself early the next morning, the station reported.

For more than 24 hours, Pangborn and her newborn daughter Marissa remained in the remote area with only several apples and a small amount of water that she had with her at the time.

They faced other challenged during their ordeal, including the presence of insects. Pangborn told the station she was stung an unknown amount of times by meat bees as she attempted to keep them away from her daughter.

Finally, on Saturday, Pangborn started a signal fire in an effort to get help.

The flames ultimately attracted the attention of the U.S. Forest Service, KTXL reported. Within a couple of hours of starting the blaze, a Cal Fire helicopter discovered the pair and sent a rescue team from the forestry department to get them to safety.

“And I was just crying, like I was just so happy, because I thought we were going to die,” Pangborn told KTXL.

After being rescued, mother and baby were transported to a nearby hospital in Oroville, which is about 70 miles north of Sacramento. Marissa was later taken to a UC Davis hospital for further evaluation, according to the station.


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