- Patrick Beach American-Statesman Staff
Amelie Egbert was born into Austin traffic.
Literally. On a Thursday morning in October 1998, her parents Denise and Clyde Egbert, were on South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) when Denise realized the baby wasn’t going to wait and told Clyde to pull the van into the breakdown lane. Three Austin police officers got to the van just as Amelie entered the world.
She didn’t wait long to make headlines. We brought you her story later that month. And last Friday, the student at the Texas School for the Deaf turned 7, just ahead of big weekend homecoming festivities, at which Amelia, who’s hearing-impaired, served as a crown/ring bearer as part of the homecoming court.
“Because the deaf community is so small, people from coast to coast know of this,” mom Denise, who’s also hearing-impaired said by email. “Sometimes people would be introducing me to someone else and would inform them that Amelie was born in a van on MoPac. Someone did that just a few days ago.”
Aside from her hearing and extraordinary birth story, Amelie is your typical active kid. She loves riding her bike, making things with clay and is looking forward to a camping trip at the end of the month, her mom said. She says her favorite sport is volleyball, likes math and wants to be a teacher when she grows up.
“As of when I first told Amelie of her birth story, I would say about two to three years ago,” Denise said. “She knows she wasn’t born in a hospital and was born in our blue van. We still have the van. As she gets older, more details would be shared with her. Her sister and brother know the story, too, as they were in the van at the time and witnessed it all. Sometimes, I would point out on the exact location of where we parked for her birth as we drive on MoPac. We pass that location all the time.”
The homecoming festivities were to include a volleyball game and alumni visiting from all over. The football game was set for 5 p.m. with the king and queen to be crowned at halftime. And Amelie was to be in the middle of it.
“Amelie really has a spunky personality, loves to be humorous, but at the same time caring for others,” Denise said. “She is often unafraid to try new things. Her birth in our family van was the first sign that she would be unafraid with her unique entrance. She’s our challenging child.”