Ebony-Paige Blank’s contractions started when she was out in Plymouth with her mum (Picture: BPM)
A mum was forced to give birth inside a moving taxi when her baby’s head suddenly ‘popped out’.
Ebony-Paige Blank was out in Plymouth with her mum on February 28 when she started to experience on and off contractions.
The 23-year-old’s pain soon became too much to bear and she told her mum to order a taxi home.
Ebony-Paige started bleeding before they even set off, and once inside the taxi her waters broke.
‘I got in the taxi and my water just broke everywhere,’ she said. ‘We got up to where McDonald’s is in Derriford and my son’s head popped out.
‘Then I had to deliver him all by myself in the taxi. Luckily, I knew what I was doing because I have a two-year-old, so I’ve been through it before.’
Before getting into the taxi, Ebony-Paige made the driver, Bobby Bailey of Taxi First, aware of the situation.
Ebony-Paige Blank gave birth to son Khai in a taxi on the way to hospital in Plymouth (Picture: PlymouthLive/BPM Media)
The 23-year-old described Bobby who helped her as ‘really lovely’ (Picture: Plymouth Live/BPM Media)
Three-week-old Khai is a happy healthy baby thanks to the help of Bobby (Picture: Plymouth Live/BPM Media)
The mum described him as ‘really lovely’ and he went to visit her once she was in hospital.
She said: ‘He was really lovely and got me up to the hospital right away and he even got us some presents in the end.
‘He got my newborn son an outfit, got me some flowers and got my two-year-old daughter an Easter Egg and a card.’
Bobby decided not to charge the mum, and even paid to clean his car himself, adding: ‘It was the right thing to do.
‘It was weird because obviously she was sat in the front and I knew what was going on but my concentration was just on the road and making sure we got there [the hospital] safe.
‘If you ask anyone I know I’m just that sort of person. I haven’t got kids myself, I have nieces and nephews, but to go through that with someone else you don’t know it’s weird. It just felt like the right thing to do.’
Bobby has worked as a taxi driver in Plymouth for six years and says the incident was ‘one thousand per cent’ the craziest thing that’s ever happened to him.
Thanks to his efforts a healthy three-week-old Khai is now back at home with his mum and dad.
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‘We got up to McDonald’s and my son’s head popped out.’