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article imageSpanish policeman assists with birth in a car at Seville airport

By Anne Sewell     Jul 10, 2013 in World
Seville - A couple were zooming along, en route to the hospital, when they got snarled up in traffic. An officer had to intervene and assist with the birth. As the baby was tangled in the umbilical cord, without his swift action the child might not have survived.
On June 27, while the National Police officer was conducting foot patrol in the airport area in Seville, he saw a vehicle travelling at high speed towards him.
The car became snarled up in stopped traffic in a tunnel at the airport.
The man inside the car called to the officer, "Help, please help, my wife is in labor."
The officer then found the woman, was actually in the process of giving birth and could even see the baby's head crowning. He was then forced to intervene, as the baby was tangled in the umbilical cord. If not for his quick action, the newborn may have suffered some kind of injury.
The agent first notified the Health Services of the San Pablo airport that the woman was giving birth, but realized there was no time, and that he had to intervene himself. First of all, he needed to free up space in the vehicle, as the couple's two other children were in the car. He then reassured the mother, who was naturally in quite a state.
Finally, because of the strong contractions the women was experiencing, the agent was determined to deliver the baby safely. He then untangled her from the cord and wiped the infant's airways clear of fluids, using the father's jersey.
The agent, holding the baby girl in his arms, then gently massaged her back to encourage her to breath and cry. He then wrapped up the baby and placed her in the arms of her mother.
The agent did not, however, have suitable tools to cut the umbilical cord, and had to await the arrival of the ambulance to complete the process and transfer both the mother and the newborn baby to the Hospital Virgen de Macarena.
While the health services transferred mother and baby, the agent took it on himself to deliver the couple's other two children to their grandparents' home.
The medical services from Seville airport commended the officer for his swift actions, which almost certainly saved the life of the newborn.
The mother and her new daughter were healthy and hearty, and recovered in the Neonatal Unit of the Hospital Virgen del Rocio.
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