A heavily pregnant Shirin Nasir Khan attended her brother’s wedding in India in December, when her relatives teased her about how high her chances were of getting lifetime-free tickets by delivering her child mid-air on her return trip to the UAE. Little did Khan and the family, who live in Sharjah, know that their baby would actually be born in a mode of transport. However it was not in an aero plane or a train but in their family car.
Khan, who was due to undergo a Cesarean surgery on January 2, developed labour pains, the baby decided it was time to enter the world. Weighing 2.5kg, the newborn girl was ensconced in her mother’s garment as the family reached the hospital and the nurses rushed out of the emergency room and attended to Khan by cutting the umbilical cord in the hospital’s car park.
They had to slit open her garment to extricate her. They cut the cord from inside the car and took her inside the hospital. On the morning of December 30, she experienced a little pain. The doctor had told her to visit him if she felt any pain, so after breakfast, she left for the hospital.”
The drive to the hospital from her home in Dasman area in Sharjah to Amina Hospital in Ajman is of about 20 minutes. Five minutes into the drive, Khan’s pain shot up. She was lying down on the front passenger seat and felt the baby pushing. The car got stuck at the signal. Her husband was shouting out to people to move aside but they didn’t know what was happening inside the car. Her 14-year-old son got out of the car to ask people to make way as it was an emergency.
Meanwhile, her eldest daughter Shaima, 15, kept calling the hospital and updating them about the situation. She asked them to send the staff outside. And at that moment they heard the cries of a baby. Initially, Khan and her husband thought their third daughter, three-and-a-half-year-old Safa, was imitating the cries of a new born. Later they realised that the cries actually belonged to my newborn whose head was already out by then.
Within the next five minutes, the baby was completely out. Khan said the doctors were in shock when they learnt about what happened. The baby, named Shifa, is now under observation in an incubator in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Coincidently, the birth of Khan’s third daughter had also hit the headlines as she was born premature at 580gm and had to undergo 10 surgeries, leaving the parents with a bill of nearly Dh500,000!
It looks like the kid was a god’s grace. We wish all the best to Shifa for her life.