A taxi driver acquired an extra passenger en route to an emergency drop-off at Kettering Hospital when a baby was born in his cab.
New-born Harry Calvert won’t remember the drama of his delivery, but it was an unforgettable experience for his parents Chloe, 26, and Nick, 33.
When Chloe went into labour, dad Nick called for a taxi to take her to the hospital from their Cora Road home in the early hours of Saturday, March 1.
However, the taxi was only halfway to the hospital when Chloe said she was about to deliver.
The family, including Chloe’s mum Aileen, asked taxi driver Harvey Singh, of Kettering’s Premier Taxis to pull into Wellington Street and Chloe’s mum delivered the baby inside the taxi, following instructions given to her over the telephone from 999 operators.
Paramedics arrived minutes later and took the family the rest of the distance to hospital.
Speaking a few days after the dramatic delivery, mum Chloe said: “We’d telephoned the hospital earlier at about 9pm the previous evening but had been told to wait a bit longer before coming in.
“It was all a bit dramatic – and I was a little bit embarrassed – but Harry is healthy and happy and that’s all that matters.”
Harry, who weighed 9lb 15ozs, was allowed to go home with his parents later that morning. He also has a big sister at home, Maddie, seven.
Taxi driver Mr Singh said it was the first time a baby had been born in his taxi.
He added: “When I pulled over I didn’t think the baby would be born almost straight away but I was very happy for them.
“They tried to give me the fare for the taxi but I told them to buy something for the baby with it instead.”