Neighbors Form Human Chain in Houston to Help Woman in Labor Wade Through Floodwaters

It is often during times of hardship and tragedy that our value for life shines the brightest. This has certainly been true in the midst of Hurricane Harvey and the heartbreaking destruction it has caused in Texas. In the wake of natural disasters comes countless stories of unlikely heroes as neighbors serve one another selflessly.

For Greg and Andrea Smith of Houston, Texas, it was this selfless service of neighbors that helped them in their time of need. The couple was expecting a child and, having gone through two miscarriages, were eagerly awaiting their new addition. Greg told People Magazine, “We felt like we had to surrender this to God. Everything about this pregnancy is God’s will.”

Andrea began having inconsistent contractions Saturday evening and the couple planned to go to the hospital on Sunday morning to avoid getting stuck in the rain. However, while the couple was sleeping, the storm grew worse. Greg recalled, “I expected there would be five or six inches that I could drive through. I woke up to two or three feet.”


With several failed attempts to call 911, the couple soon realized they were stuck and began to prepare for a home birth. Despite being doctors, neither of the soon-to-be parents had any medical supplies in their apartment. However, many of their neighbors are also medical professionals and quickly came to the rescue. The Smiths found themselves surrounded by a team of EMTs, doctors, and nurses.

The team quickly prepared the tools and created a makeshift delivery suite for the couple. What they didn’t realize was that a friend of a friend had contacted the fire department and explained the situation. Soon, a large truck arrived to the scene to take Greg and Andrea to the hospital. With high floodwaters, neighbors joined hands, creating a human chain to ensure Andrea made it safely to the truck.

Their beautiful baby girl, Adrielle arrived at 1:59 a.m. the next day.

The baby is healthy but was placed in the intensive care unit due to some issues. Greg and Andrea are so thankful they gave birth in the hospital where she could get the care she needed. Greg said, “Everything about this pregnancy we said is God’s will. That’s why her name is Adrielle. It means she belongs to God.”

While we are so thankful Andrea’s needs were taken care of during Adrielle’s birth, this is not always the case. There are women in Houston who need help and resources in their pregnancies now more than ever!

We’ve created a simple way for you to help these women! Join us today as we stand alongside The Source for Women in Houston, Texas. This pregnancy center has experienced severe devastation and damage due to the floods. They need our help today in order to get up and running as soon as possible!