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Newborn arrives outside hospital entry door

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Kelly Schultz, left, holds her daughter, Kannon
Kelly Schultz, left, holds her daughter, Kannon, while talking with her husband Cory, center, and Deborah Vinje, right, at their home near Dover, Minn.
Andrew Link | The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP

A couple rushing to a Rochester hospital for the imminent birth of their daughter didn't quite make it to the delivery room -- but they came so very close.

Kannon Schultz was born on the sidewalk in front of the Mayo Clinic Methodist hospital entry door with the help of an employee who was just leaving work.

The Post-Bulletin says contractions were peaking as Cory and Kelly Schultz rolled up to the entry door last Tuesday. While Cory ran in for a wheelchair, Kelly laid on the sidewalk.

Radiology technician Deborah Vinge thought Kelly had fallen, then realized she was giving birth. After a couple of pushes, the newborn arrived safely.

The new parents joke that if they had hit even one red light while speeding to the hospital, their daughter would have been born in their van.