Baby born on car-choked highway is safe and sound
A new-born child took its first breath on a busy car-choked Warsaw road after the mother failed to make it to the hospital in time owing to a traffic jam.
The baby was born in a car on the Wisłostrada, one of the capital’s busiest and most important traffic arteries, on the morning of June 30.
The mother and her partner had been trying to get to the nearest hospital after she had gone into labour but a small accident had led to the traffic on the busy road snarling up.
The soon-to-be-parents had called an ambulance but that had also become stuck in the traffic jam, leaving them to handle the birth by themselves.
“Some police officers from the capital’s road traffic division were on duty in the area when a car pulled up with a woman, a newborn child and a man in it,” said Rafał Rutkowski from the Warsaw police.
“The people asked for help so the officers contacted the ambulance dispatch office to give it the exact location of the car so the ambulance could get there as quickly as possible,” he continued, adding that the officers comforted the mother until the paramedics arrived.
Mother and child were then taken to hospital, and, according to the police, were both in good health.