An expectant mother riding on a motorbike to the hospital apparently gave birth to a baby on the motorbike at a Bangkok intersection. The baby dropped to the ground unnoticed, and was rescued by bystanders. The mother reportedly told police she was unaware she had given birth.
BANGKOK – March 12, 2013 [PDN]; news accounts reported in the morning that a newborn baby fell from a motorbike at the Wanchart intersection of Phrasumain Road in Bangkok, and that the motorbike continued to drive without stopping.
However, a female passenger in bus number 56 behind the motorbike had noticed the unusual occurrence. The passenger, Mrs. Ancharee Mookta, was sitting on the front seat of the bus, when she saw something from the motorbike had fallen on the ground.
When she saw that it was a baby, she told the bus driver to stop. Mrs. Ancharee got off from the bus and ran to see. She found the naked baby with blood and fatty residue covering its body, and the newborn infant was still alive.
A nearby bystander brought a cloth to cover the baby’s body, and then Khun Roongaroon Sakulchot volunteered to drive a motorbike to bring the baby to Wachira hospital urgently, which after arriving at the hospital the doctor assisted to take care of the baby until it was safe.
During later questioning, Mrs. Ancharee said she observed from her seat on the bus that the motorbike ahead had driven away after dropping something on the road. So she shouted to tell the bus driver to stop, because she saw the movement of the dropped object, as if it was alive.
Then she got off from the bus and ran to see, and found the baby with blood on its body, so she asked for assistance from other bystanders. A nurse who was also riding on the bus then took off her jacket to cover the baby’s body. Then another bystander assisted to bring the baby to the hospital.
As for the cause of the newborn baby falling down to the road, initially the reporter got information from the police that the baby’s mother felt pain in her belly and was about to give birth, so she was taking a motorbike ride to Wachira hospital.
But the baby exited from mom’s body during the motorbike ride, and the mother apparently was not aware that she had accidentally given birth. The police will investigate further to find the exact cause of this incident.