Mother, stuck in APEC traffic, forced to give birth on Parañaque street


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How messed up is this? 

A pregnant woman who was caught in heavy traffic because of APEC road closures delivered her baby this morning on the streets of Parañaque around 11:45am.

According to witness Angel Ramos Canoy, the woman and her husband were on a motorcyle on their way to the hospital but were stopped by the traffic jam near City of Dreams. 

“There was no time to ask for the names of the parents,” she recounts to Coconuts Manila. “The mother put all her energy in delivering the baby and passed out right after. The husband naman, he was in total shock.”

Two police officers were already at the scene helping the couple when Canoy arrived. The policeman helped the mother lie down, the policewoman helped her give birth to a baby boy.

Canoy, together with another passerby (the lady in the photo above wearing a red shirt) tried to give the parents privacy and protection by covering them with umbrellas.

They also begged the officers to get an ambulance, but they were just as helpless because of the traffic. “Kuya, yung mobile niyo man lang,” Canoy told them. “Kaso, nagkibit-balikat lang si Kuyang Police.”

According to Canoy, three minutes after birth, she still did not hear the newborn’s first cry. “All we can do now is PRAY. Hoping they will be fine. SOON,” she writes.

Photo: Angel Ramos Canoy (used with permission)


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