A woman in San Quintin, Pangasinan gave birth to her third child while inside a tricycle on its way to the town’s Rural Health Unit (RHU) with the aid of nurse-firefighter who responded to the call and saved the day.
Fire Officer 2 Franklin Nipales of the Bureau of Fire Protection San Quintin said he was on standby duty Monday morning when he heard the tricycle driver screaming for help.
Nipales and his colleagues noticed the tricycle passenger, a woman identified later as Marissa Lado of Barangay Cabalaoangan, halfway giving birth inside the tricycle.
“We immediately responded for help and when we arrived, I saw the child’s head already poking out. We decided to assist then and there,” he said in an interview Tuesday.
Nipales, a nurse by profession, performed what needed to be done as he saw the baby’s umbilical cord coiled around his neck.
“The baby could choke and die. We immediately cut it and conducted newborn care,” he added.
The mother and her baby were then rushed to the RHU afterward.
Both the baby and the mother are in stable condition. Medical authorities declared the baby boy healthy.
“I am grateful for the experience. It makes me more determined to perform our sworn duty saving lives,” Nipales said. (By Ahikam Pasion, PNA)