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Tuesday 12 November 2019

Taxi man Declan runs red lights as daughter gives birth in his car

Taxi driver Declan Scully with his granddaughter Bella-Mae, who was born in the back of his vehicle
Taxi driver Declan Scully with his granddaughter Bella-Mae, who was born in the back of his vehicle

A Dublin taxi driver had a very special delivery in the back of his car.

Declan Scully, from Kilbarrack, was rushing his daughter Stacey Whelan to hospital when she gave birth to a girl in the back of the taxi.

Having just returned home from his night shift, Declan headed to bed in the early hours of the morning, but his wife Joanne rang to say their daughter had gone into labour at her mother-in-law's house.

Screaming

"I'd just woken up, so I didn't know what was going on," Declan said. "When I went over to the house, Stacey was leaning over the radiator and screaming, but I thought it was just another false flag."

Declan rushed Stacey and her partner Steve to Holles Street Maternity Hospital, but the early morning traffic was particularly busy.

"When we got to Fairview, she said she needed to push," he said. "I didn't think anything of it and said, 'Go ahead, love, and push'.

"I then got to Connolly and there were about five buses in front of me and I couldn't get past them.

"I then rang emergency services and the man on the phone kept telling me 'Don't let her go to the bathroom' when I told him I was at Connolly Station. I said, 'She's in the back of my car'."

Although an ambulance and midwives were sent, it was too late, and after only 10 minutes en route to the hospital, Steve could see the baby's head.

"I knew then that I had to break a few red lights and I've always wanted to do that," Declan said.

"In fairness, the traffic was very good in letting me through. I was beeping and every one stopped and let me by."

Having finally arrived at the hospital, Declan raced up the steps to fetch help for his daughter.

"But Steve called me after I ran to get help and said, 'Declan, the baby's on the back seat'," he said.

Healthy

When the ambulance and two midwives arrived, they helped Stacey and attended to baby Bella-Mae, who was born weighing 6lbs 3ozs and perfectly healthy.

Bella-Mae is a sister for four-year-old Lewis and Declan's second granddaughter.

"Mother and baby are in perfect form, thank God," said Declan.

"I was getting worried on the way to the hospital because when we started seeing the head, the ambulance man told me to be ready to cut the cord with my shoelace," he added.

Declan thanked all the staff at Holles Street for their help.

"I got to give the baby her first bottle," said the proud granddad.

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