SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lynette Hales was nearly 100 miles from Salt Lake City on a desolate stretch of highway — surrounded by nothing but barren salt flats — when her twin unborn babies decided it was time.
She had woken up that Sunday morning to unexpected contractions in a hotel room in the tiny Nevada gambling town of Wendover, where she went with friends for one final getaway before she settled into a life of diapers, bottles and crying kids. She was only 30 weeks pregnant — about seven weeks before full gestation for twins — and thought her labor was weeks away.
Her husband had stayed home, but their longtime friend, Jim Gerber, was there to help. After he asked around and found out there was no nearby hospital, the two decided to make a run for it back to Salt Lake City, nearly two hours away.
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