Baby born in back of taxi with help of cabbie, police
'It was a nice moment,' says NDG taxi driver who helped deliver baby
Two Montreal police officers, a cab driver and a concerned husband all helped a woman deliver a baby in the back seat of a taxi early Friday morning.
The officers were on their regular patrol driving around in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, when the driver of the taxi in front of them frantically waved them down.
They first assumed the taxi driver was having a dispute with a passenger and that they'd have to intervene.
But it turned out to be a different kind of emergency altogether.
I was really happy. I felt like a lucky man.- Touwende Sawadego, new father
"It's pretty surprising when you approach the vehicle, and you expect to resolve an [argument] and then see a baby coming out," said Const. Raphael Bergeron of Montreal police.
Cab driver Tousfay Berekatab was behind the wheel of the car that picked up the couple, Amazi-Florence and Touwende Sawadego.
He found them at the corner of Sherbrooke Street West and Cavendish Boulevard around 1 a.m. Friday. The couple asked him to head to St. Mary's Hospital.
"Once I got to the highway she started having big pain and then she shouted, and then I had to get off at exit Queen-Mary," Berekatab said.
By that point, baby boy Berekia had already emerged from his mother's womb. Berekatab helped Sawadego hold the baby and swaddle it in napkins.
"It was a nice moment. We didn’t panic because as soon as he get out he was crying. He is a nice baby with good health," said Berekatab.
Both infant and mother are in good condition and are resting in hospital.
"I was really happy. I felt like a lucky man. The police told me, 'Vous êtes privilégié'... A privileged person. I feel like that," said father Sawadego.