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Baby girl’s unexpected arrival in elevator quickly earns her ‘Ellee’ nickname

Crystal Leming talks about delivering her daughter Alyssa Lynn in an elevator at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

February 22, 2011

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Alyssa Lynn Leming gives a big yawn in her rocker on Monday in her Lecompton home. Baby Alyssa's birth on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 happened in an elevator at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after her mother, Crystal Leming, went into labor unexpectedly.

Alyssa Lynn Leming gives a big yawn in her rocker on Monday in her Lecompton home. Baby Alyssa's birth on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 happened in an elevator at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after her mother, Crystal Leming, went into labor unexpectedly.

Patrick and Crystal Leming are pictured with their infant daughter, Alyssa, in their Lecompton home on Monday. Alyssa was born before her mother could make it to the delivery room at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and arrived in the elevator.

Patrick and Crystal Leming are pictured with their infant daughter, Alyssa, in their Lecompton home on Monday. Alyssa was born before her mother could make it to the delivery room at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and arrived in the elevator.

Alyssa Lynn Leming may forever be known as “Ellee.” That’s short for elevator, a nickname family members already have given the infant.

Alyssa came into the world a lot quicker than her parents, Patrick and Crystal Leming, expected. The Lecompton couple spent almost four years trying to get pregnant, but their first baby wasted little time in making her debut.

Less than an hour after Crystal’s serious contractions started Friday night, Alyssa was born in an elevator at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

“We really didn’t think she was going to come that quick,” Patrick said.

Alyssa is the first elevator baby that LMH employees can remember, and she wasn’t even supposed to be born in Lawrence.

Patrick, 35, and Crystal, 25, had been working with a doctor in Olathe and planned to have the baby there. In fact, they made a trip to the Olathe hospital Friday morning but were sent home with a pain medication prescription for Crystal.

About 8 p.m., Crystal knew things definitely were getting serious. So the couple started out on their second trip to Olathe.

But near 31st and Iowa streets, Crystal knew they wouldn’t make it.

“All the sudden, the contractions are horrible and there’s no time in between them,” Crystal said.

Patrick called 911 and headed for a nearby fire station at 1911 Stewart Ave. Firefighters and EMTs had an ambulance ready and took Crystal to LMH.

But on their way upstairs to the labor and delivery unit, “Ellee” was born.

“About the time the elevator doors open, I say, ‘Can somebody please catch her head?’ and there she was born, right in the elevator,” Crystal said.

By the time Crystal saw Patrick again, they had their first child, 5 pounds, 11 ounces and 18 inches long. A child they really weren’t sure they would ever have.

“We had finally gotten to the point that when people asked if we were having children, I said we couldn’t,” Crystal said.

Crystal plans to take baby Alyssa to the station soon to see the firefighters and EMTs who helped with the birth.

“She has been marvelous and apparently already has a flair for the dramatic,” Crystal said.

Comments

domino 3 years, 10 months ago

One of the coolest things someone in EMS can ever get to do! Congrats to mommy, daddy & baby as well ass the firefighters & EMS people!

Paula Kissinger 3 years, 10 months ago

Congrats to the guys from Medic 5, Mom, Dad, and....."Ellee" - welcome to the club. I was born in an ambulance in the driveway of a hospital some years ago. Have had a great ride ever since...you will too !

redmoonrising 3 years, 10 months ago

What an up"Lift"ing story! Congrats to the family and baby "Ellee." Best of luck to the whole family and so happy that your dream of a family finally came true. Thank goodness for all those emergency workers who have helped so many of us over the years. Job well done!

luv2raft 3 years, 10 months ago

What a great story! Congrats to Mom & Dad on an adorable little girl, and congrats to EMS on a job well done!

badhatHarry 3 years, 10 months ago

Congrats! Just as a side note, it really bugged me when I read that people had been asking this nice couple when they were going to have children. Why would they do that? Why do people think that this an appropriate topic of conversation? It's rude, inconsiderate, and just an overstepping of important boundaries. Let's all just decide never to do that.

Danielle Brunin 3 years, 10 months ago

I guess she decided that her Mom and Dad had waited long enough to be parents! What a great story, and "Elle" as a nickname is so funny! I suspect she has a long and interesting life ahead of her. Congrats!

Marcy McGuffie 3 years, 10 months ago

What a lovely story! Congrats to the happy family!

badhatHarry - thank you for saying that. As someone who is constantly the recipient of that question, it's a huge pet peeve of mine. So many people just don't understand how inappropriate this question is.

Jonathan Kealing 3 years, 10 months ago

Otis is the name of the world's largest manufacturer of elevators. Take a look around the next elevator you're in. Most likely, you'll spot Otis embedded in the wall, or on the control panel.

Their website: http://www.otisworldwide.com/

RoeDapple 3 years, 10 months ago

cuzin otis gots imbeddered in teh wall i think not to far frum jimy hoffa but i caint taukboutit

Nikki May 3 years, 10 months ago

We always thank "otis" when we move out of the elevator. It started ages ago, when my daughter was very little, and we always make sure to check our elevator's name. Just us being weird, but because of that, I knew the Otis reference right away.

martyks 3 years, 10 months ago

They tried to have a baby for four years? I'd be exhausted. Now I know why they opted not to take the stairs.

RoeDapple 3 years, 10 months ago

Bet they were "floored" when Ellie arrived! Congrats Patrick and Crystal!

Kelly Johnson 3 years, 10 months ago

She is a darling little girl, congrats to the family! But I have to ask...how did they end up at 31st and Iowa on their way to Olathe from Lecompton?!

janatig 3 years, 10 months ago

Perhaps heading to 10, instead of I-70? I know I do that to avoid the toll.

miracleluke 3 years, 10 months ago

Congratulations to the Lemings for the birth of their beautiful daughter! She is a precious gift and I am so glad that things worked out well for her birth. I had my son at 26 weeks and instead of being hounded about when we were going to have children, the questions we got were when will he meet his developmental milestones and he was compared to his cousins that were full term babies all the time. I had a miscarraige about a year after I had Luke so he is our only child. He turns 12 this week and he has been a true blessing to us! I believe that God gives us the children we are meant to have! I wish the Leming family all the blessings in the world as they watch their precious gift Alyssa grow up. God Bless You All!

RaynRavyn 3 years, 10 months ago

@ PopcoRN -- Farmer's Turnpike to K-10 bi-pass, come out by Wal-Mart, to 23rd, through De Soto to Olathe?? Possibly?

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