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With Baby on the Way – Right Now! – One WMU-Cooley Student Comes to the Rescue of Another

WMU-Cooley student Kaitlin Locke might not be a “Super Hero” in the conventional movie sense of the word, but she’s the world’s best heroine to one grateful Grand Rapids, Michigan, family.

Samantha, Ryker, Kevin  and Aurora Sutherland welcome baby Piper.

Samantha, Ryker, Kevin and Aurora Sutherland welcome baby Piper.

In the wee hours of the morning on September 12, 2014, WMU-Cooley student Kevin Sutherland’s wife, Samantha, went into unexpected, sudden and accelerated labor with the couple’s third child. At 2:15 a.m., it was clear the baby had no intention of waiting until relatives could arrive at 3:30 a.m. to watch over the couple’s other children, Aurora, age 3, and Ryker, age 1. Kevin Sutherland remembered a conversation with fellow student Kaitlin Locke, who had told him to let her know if he and his family needed any help.

Kaitlin Locke

Kaitlin Locke

And they definitely needed help. Baby Sutherland was coming, whether the family was ready or not, and they had to get to the hospital.

Sutherland called Locke at 2:17 a.m. and asked her to come watch his sleeping kids until family members could get there.

“Not only did Ms. Locke answer her phone in the early hours of the morning, I sent her my address and she rapidly came to our rescue,” said a grateful Kevin Sutherland.

Less than a half hour later, Piper Sutherland was born – narrowly missing making her debut in transit.

“My wife was two minutes from delivering the baby in the car,” Sutherland recalled. “Without Ms. Locke’s help, my wife and child would not have had the immediate care of the hospital she needed. We arrived, just in time, with only Ms. Locke to thank for her courageous and selfless act of helping a fellow classmate in need.”

Sutherland said that he and his wife won’t forget the kindness or the rescue. “Ms. Locke will certainly forever be a part of our crazy story,” he said. “Mom and baby are healthy and happy. And thanks to Ms. Locke, I am too!”


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