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Dying mum delivers baby through wound in her abdomen.
Baby Emma Lyn Anahi Ortega was delivered on the side of the road after a deadly car crash.

A Texas woman has described how she helped a dying mother deliver a baby through a wound in her abdomen.

According to The Daily Mail, Iria Wolnick was driving along the desolate US Highway 77 south of Corpus Christi last year when she saw the burning wreck of an upturned four-wheel drive, which had catastrophically come off the road.

The 36-year-old San Jose massage therapist pulled over and rushed to the wreck to find a young family of three had been been thrown from car as it flipped - a two year-year-old, his father and his mother, who was pregnant.

Iria Wolnick (left) helped deliver the baby of Niser Saldana Quilantan (right) after a deadly car crash in 2013. Photo:

The mother, 19-year-old Niser Saldana-Quilantan, asked if her unborn child was OK and it was then that an astonished Wolnick saw a huge cut on the woman's stomach, heard a baby crying and saw a head and tiny hand emerging from the wound.

"She kept saying, 'How's my baby? How's my baby?" said Wolnick according to Mercury News.

"My reaction was to spring into action and do what I could."

Using only her own instincts and what little first-aid training she knew, Wolnick delivered the 3kg baby, named Emma Lyn Anahi Ortega through the wound in her mother's abdomen.

"The baby’s head and one of her hands was protruded out of the laceration that she had to her abdomen, and the baby was crying which is unbelievable and wonderful," said Wolnick to Valley Central.

The remains of a 2001 Ford Explorer that crashed in July 2013, killing Niser Saldana-Quilantan. Photo:

According to Mercury News a passing truck driver used his own shoelace to tie off the umbilical cord.

The little girl's mother, who was eight months pregnant saw her baby girl born before she lost consciousness, but sadly died later on that evening in hospital.

The two-year-old, Adrallis Ortega and his father, Edward Ortega were injured, but recovered.

The Daily Mail reported Wolnick was honored in San Jose on Wednesday morning by the CHP and the Texas Highway Patrol division, who presented her with a plaque.

"These days, a lot of people would drive right by, thinking it's someone else's responsibility," said Lt. Jeremy Rowland of the Texas agency according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Her actions were truly rare and heroic. If it hadn't been for her, two people would have died that night."

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