Mumbai: Women delivers child in a moving cab

The alert taxi driver helped reach the woman to the hospital as soon possible. His presence of mind was crucial in ensuring the safety of the mother and child

“She was crying and she was experiencing excruciating labour pains. We were stuck in the heavy traffic; I was trying to dodge the traffic, as far as possible. I had just one thing in my mind, to admit her to the hospital as soon as I could. I am happy that both the mother and the child are safe,” said Albert Pereira.

Albert Pereira, a 52-year-old taxi drive is a relieved man. He managed to reach to Mumbai’s state-run Cama and Albess Hospital just in time, with a mother who had delivered a baby inside the taxi, a few minutes ago.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Albert Pereira says, “When I was behind the wheel, I was not tensed. The women had delivered a baby inside the taxi. I was only concentrating on how to reach the hospital in time. I was doing my best to console her”

Apana Diwan, 29-year-old pregnant women, had gotten into Albert’s taxi and by the time they could reach midway through the journey, she developed labour pains and delivered a baby. This incident happened around 10:30 a.m. today morning

Upon reaching to Mumbai’s Cama and Albless Hospital, the doctors and the staff cut the umbilical cord and both the mother and the baby was immediately rushed into the hospital. The doctors at the Cama and Albless hospital informed that the baby girl is weighing 3.129 kilos.

While Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Rajashree Katke, Medical Superintendent of Cama and Albless Hospital said, “Both the mother and the baby are absolutely fine. In cases like this, the mother and the baby should be taken to the nearest hospital immediately. If the bleeding doesn’t stop then it could be life-threatening for the mother. And if the sterilised equipment is not used to cut the umbilical cord then infection is likely to develop.”

Dr Katke further said, “In rare cases, where a baby was born inside a taxi or a vehicle, the infant should be wrapped immediately. If this not done, then baby is likely to suffer from hypothermia.”