Daddy delivers boy in rush hour

2010-05-08 00:00

JOSHUA Ohlson is a proud father after delivering his own baby boy Eli during peak-hour traffic in a moving car on Thursday morning.

On his way home from a night shift, Ohlson received a panic call from his fiancée Leeanda Emersleben that she was in terrible pain.

Ohlson knew it was her time to deliver and when he got home he packed what she would need while in hospital.

“As I was packing she screamed, saying that her water had broke. I was expecting my brother any time to take us to the hospital as per our arrangement,” said Ohlson.

On the way to the hospital Ohlson realised that his brother was headed for Northdale Hospital, instead of Midlands Medical Centre, and he redirected him.

Approaching Mountain Rise, the driver had to manoeuvre his way back to town and avoid the Chota Motala Road due to the state of traffic in the mornings there.

“Near the Mountain Rise mosque she screamed, saying that the head of the baby was coming. I jumped over to the back seat and I could see the head and panic struck.

“I started to sweat and I instructed her to breathe.

“It’s one thing being there when your child is born, but to actually make the delivery is another business.

“Leeanda was screaming and the traffic was hell, having to jump red robots trying to beat the time. It was hectic but eventually my mind was set to do the job.

“One little shock was when I saw the baby’s umbilical cord tangled around his neck but I sorted that out,” said the correctional services employee.

When the couple got to the hospital, the baby was already safe in his father’s arms and the medical staff took over. Emersleben said she has no words to thank her fiancée for what he had done — and added that Ohlson will have a strong bond with baby Eli.

“I was out of my mind and scared for my baby. I could not hold him back because this all started at about 1 am on Thursday, so I have had enough pain.

“This has made my fiancé a whole different man and I’ll be forever grateful to him and the hospital staff for their good work,” said Emersleben. Hospital manager Malcolm Peters said they had not dealt with a case like this in a long time.

“The man did a great job. Our staff had to cut off the umbilical cord after putting the mother and baby into the maternity section.

“It’s usually only in the movies where you see a man delivering his own baby. He was very brave,” said Peters.

The mother and her three-kilogram baby were discharged yesterday with a clean bill of health.

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