PCR van turns labour room, cops deliver baby girl
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The PCR van personnel of the Delhi Police, trained to respond to emergency calls, doubled up as nurses and midwives on Wednesday night. In what could very well read like the climax scene of a Bollywood blockbuster, a gunman, a police constable and a PCR van driver helped deliver a baby girl inside a moving PCR van.
According to police, nine months pregnant Suraj Mukhi (27) started having labour pains late on Wednesday. Her husband Pradeep and mother-in-law decided to rush her to the hospital. They had barely travelled a kilometre from their home in Aman Vihar, North Delhi, when the car broke down.
"My wife was lying on the rear seat crying. I panicked. I got out of the car and started looking for a cab or an auto but could not find any. I asked my mother to massage Mukhi's feet to ease her pain but nothing seemed to work," Pradeep said.
"I tried to stop a few vehicles requesting them to give us a lift but no one agreed. I was standing on the road for more than 15 minutes," he said.
While Pradeep was desperately looking for an auto and simultaneously making sure his wife was all right, a PCR van on night patrolling duty, came that way.
"The PCR van was coming from the other direction. The van personnel saw me and asked me what I was doing on the deserted stretch at that hour. I explained the situation and they asked me to get my wife into the vehicle immediately," Pradeep said.
The PCR staff pulled out a stretcher used for ferrying accident victims and made Mukhi lie on it. The driver, constable Harish, stepped on accelerator even as Mukhi went into labour. We were not sure the delivery could wait till we reached the hospital. The gunman Aman Deep and head constable Laxman made arrangements for warm water and clean cloth to assist the delivery inside the van. "Mukhi's mother-in-law helped her through the delivery and we assisted her. We also told the husband to calm down. Within a matter of ten minutes, the van was filled the wails of the newborn - a girl," Aman Deep said.
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