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A family has thanked police officers who helped deliver a baby boy on the M42 motorway near Birmingham yesterday.
Heavy traffic due to a collision and a fuel spill on Saturday 30th of April, meant the expectant mother couldn't make it to hospital in time.
Baby Tommy and his mum are both said to be doing well.
A motorway cop helped a mum and her family after she gave birth on the hard shoulder. The father-to-be made a frantic 999 call at around 5.25pm saying that his wife was about to give birth and they were stuck in traffic between junction 9 and 8.
PC James Barry rushed to the family’s aid and arrived within two minutes of the call to find that the she had already given birth and was sitting in the back of her Vauxhall Zafira with her new born son.
PC Barry, from the Central Motorway Policing Group (CMPG), explains: “By the time we arrived, mum had done all the hard work and we were there to make sure everyone was ok.
“The family were driving home on the motorway and had got caught up in traffic following a diesel spillage. The lady who already has two sons aged 2 and 4, who were in the car at the time, suddenly went into labour which was a complete shock as the baby wasn’t due for another three weeks.
“The husband did the right thing and pulled over onto the hard shoulder and called us for help, he told us that it had all happened so fast, that within 20 minutes of his wife going into labour she had given birth!
“The ambulance crew were struggling to get to us as the motorway was blocked, so we blue lighted the family to the motorcycle museum where the crew were able to meet us and take over.
“It was lovely to receive a photo of the baby named Tommy and we are glad that they are all doing well.”
Since yesterday the family of the lady have been in touch to thank the officer for his help.