‘LIKE a miracle’ is how a Hucknall taxi driver has described the astonishing drama of a baby being born in the back of his cab.
The cabbie, Rob Kadam (pictured), said: “It is something I will never forget as long as I live.”
Rob (50), who works for Hucknall firm A2B Cars, said it all happened when he answered a call to pick up a Polish woman and her partner from an address in the Annesley Road area of the town.
The woman, who was heavily pregnant, asked Rob to take her to Nottingham City Hospital.
“She told me she had been to the hospital earlier that day, but she was sent home and told to return when the pain returned,” he said.
“She had only been in the car a few minutes when she started to scream out in pain. She seemed to be in absolute agony and looked really scared.”
Rob, himself a father-of-two, immediately rang for an ambulance from the taxi’s hands-free phone. But he was told it would take about 15 minutes for the ambulance to reach him.
“I faced a real dilemma,” he said. “The hospital asked me to wait for the ambulance to arrive but I thought this was a ridiculous request.
“Suppose something had gone wrong during this time. It could have been a matter of life and death both for the mum and the baby.”
Rob hung up the phone and continued his journey to the hospital — by which time the father-to-be had shouted that the baby was ‘coming out’.
“It was a really stressful situation,” said Rob, who lives on Windmill Grove. “I had to stay focused on getting the couple to hospital while trying to calm them down.”
He told them: “Don’t worry. Everything will be fine.”
As they passed the Gala Bingo Club off Hucknall Road — just a short way from the hospital — Rob heard the baby crying and thought this was a sign that the birth had gone well.
“I certainly did not mind having an extra passenger,” he said.
The taxi arrived at the hospital just two minutes later. “The staff there were brilliant, coming straight out to meet us,” said Rob.
He later learned that the baby — a boy — was fit and well. The infant and his mum were allowed home from hospital the following day.
Rob, who has been a taxi driver for two-and-a-half years, said: “I am so relieved that it all turned out OK.” — DISPIC NHUD12-2923-1.