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‘Blizzard baby’ delivered at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital

Summary: Adalaide Vesper DeMarre was born at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in the middle of the blizzard Wednesday. Her mother arrived at the hospital in an ambulance trailing a snow plow.

Glendale Heights – Leanna DeMarre might have a little diva on her hands. The Bloomingdale woman delivered her first baby, Adalaide Vesper DeMarre, in the middle of this week’s historic blizzard, arriving at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital at 2 a.m. Wednesday in an ambulance trailing a snow plow.


“Adalaide doesn’t know how much drama she’s caused already,” Leanna said. “I think she’s going to be a drama queen.”


Adalaide was born at 5:51 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, weighing 6 pounds 11 ounces. She is 19.5 inches long. She was delivered by Dr. Krishna Upputuri.


Leanna DeMarre woke up at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday when her water broke. Her husband, Sean, began furiously shoveling but soon realized that even if he were able to dig out the car, they wouldn’t get very far on the snow-covered streets. The couple called an ambulance, which got stuck in the snow down the street from their home. A fire truck from the Bloomingdale Fire Department also responded to the scene, as did a village snow plow. Firefighters shoveled a route from the front door to the ambulance and the plow cleared a path for the ambulance to travel three miles south to Adventist GlenOaks Hospital.


Leanna, who had planned to deliver her baby at a different hospital, is grateful for the first responders who brought her to the hospital safely and for the care she received at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital.


“None of this was planned, but it all worked out for the best,” she said. “Everyone at the hospital – especially my nurses – has been fantastic.”


Yvonne Losey, director of the hospital’s Special Additions Birth Center, said her staff was prepared for the unexpected delivery. More than 30 hospital employees scheduled to work Tuesday and Wednesday spent Tuesday night at the hospital because of the dangerous weather conditions.


“Especially with your first baby, you expect to have your baby delivered at your hospital by your physician,” Losey said. “But we were happy to welcome them.”


Leanna, 25, works in the nutrition services department of Fox River Foods. Sean, 29, is a battery technician at Wiese USA, a Caterpillar lift truck dealer in Joliet.



Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit


Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; 630-312-7508