Monday 24 October 2016

'I delivered baby in park and bit cord off', reveals actor Brian Blessed

Brian Blessed
Brian Blessed

Brian Blessed has claimed he "bit" through an umbilical cord as he helped to deliver a baby girl under a tree in London's Richmond Park.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4, the 78-year-old actor also said he licked the newborn's face afterwards.

The birth took place in 1963, when Blessed was best known for playing PC Fancy Smith in the police series Z-Cars. The actor said: "I rushed across to her and she was having the baby and had her legs open. She knew me in Z-Cars. She said, 'Please Mr Blessed, I'm having a baby'. I said 'breathe deeply' and gradually I got the baby out.

"Then I got the afterbirth out, then I bit it loose then I tied it into a knot, and then I just called for help."

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