Becoming a mother is one of the most amazing feelings for women but delivering a baby in a cab makes the experience unique.
Ishwari Singh Vishwakarma delivered a baby in an Ola cab on the way to hospital on October 2. But there is another reason for the 21-year-old woman to feel elated.
The Ola company has announced that Ishwari and her son can avail free rides for the next five years as a gift.
The company generated a special coupon named after her baby, which can be used by the woman and her child to avail free rides.
On Monday evening, the woman went into labour pain, three weeks before her expected date, Ramesh Singh Vishwakarma (her husband) said.
“My wife’s expected delivery date was October 24 but in the wee hours of October 2, she started experiencing labour pains, so we booked a cab in the morning to go to Kamla Nehru Hospital, and at around 7.20 am, the cab driver arrived for pick up at our residence in Kondhwa area,” the husband said.
Describing the incident, he said that his mother and brother along with his pregnant wife were in the cab while he was riding a bike.
“After travelling four to five kms from home, I got a call from my brother informing me about my wife delivering in the cab,” Vishwakarma said.
Interestingly, it was the maiden cab ride for Vishwakarma’s wife.
The woman and her son are fine and discharged from the hospital on Thursday.
The cabbie Yashwant Galande said he was thrilled by the experience.
Recalling the ride, the driver said the woman’s pains gradually increased while they were headed to the hospital, located in Mangalwaaar Peth area of the city, a distance of 12 kms from Kondhwa.
“Looking at her situation, I decided not to stop the cab anywhere and continued to drive to the hospital. However, after travelling for hardly four to five kms, the customer delivered the baby in the backseat with the help of her relative,” Yashwant Galande said.
The cabbie said he reached the hospital within 30 minutes after he picked up the woman from her house.
Vishwakarma said he alerted the hospital about the delivery and a team of doctors was waiting at its entrance.
“The doctors immediately detached the umbilical cord inside the cab and got my wife and son admitted for further treatment,” he said.
Vishwakarma said he was grateful to the cabbie for taking his wife and the newborn to the hospital safely.
In a release, Ola said the mother and the child are entitled to free rides for the next five years as a gift.
“These rides can be availed by a special coupon, named after the baby,” it said.
Ola also felicitated Galande for going an extra mile to help the passengers in need.
As a goodwill gesture, Ola on Thursday sent the same cab and the driver to the hospital to take the mother and baby home.
(With PTI inputs)