IT’S every expectant parent’s nightmare – getting stuck in traffic on the way to give birth.
That horrendous scenario became a reality yesterday for a Linthwaite couple as their baby boy was born in their car.
Andrew Littlewood, 33 and his girlfriend Aimee Wadsworth, 25, found themselves stuck in a traffic jam on the way to the birthing centre at Halifax first thing yesterday.
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Despite Andrew’s valiant attempts to force his way through the gridlock on Elland Bypass, his partner could not hold on.
Baby Niall was born on the passenger seat of dad’s VW Golf amid a scene of traffic chaos caused by an earlier lorry smash.
Andrew said he feared his first child was going to die.
“When we first hit the traffic everyone was all right and we were nice and calm,” he said. “The next thing I know Aimee’s screaming that the baby’s coming out.
“I thought ‘I’m not going to get through here’, so I rang the hospital to ask for an ambulance.
“They told me to ring 999, but while I was on the call my girlfriend said she could see the head and the baby was about to come.
“I ended the call and decided I needed to take the bull by the horns and get to the hospital.
“I put my hazard lights on and had my horn on full blast, trying to get through.
“Some people moved over and some didn’t.”