By Liezle Basa-Inigo
A police officer in Natividad, Pangasinan has been hailed a hero after helping a woman to deliver her baby inside a tricycle.
Capt. Ramil Mendioro, officer-in-charge of Natividad Police Station, told The Manila Bulletin that the expecting mother Elgie Lumiran was already writhing pain when she was taken to a Rural Health Unit (RHU) in the town at 7 a.m. on Friday.
Lumiran, who could sense that she was about to give birth, asked her husband to look for a police mobile patrol so that she could be brought to the nearby Eastern District Hospital in Tayug.
But it was as if the baby was, indeed, on the way.
Mendioro said one of the responding police officers Corporal Joanna Marie Badua found Lumiran already slumped inside the tricycle, crying in pain.
It was fortunate that Badua was a nursing graduate.
Badua assisted Lumiran in giving birth inside the tricycle with the help of Master Sgt. Ching Ling Salduet.
Badua said she initially felt that the baby’s head had already moved into the pelvis when she and Salduet arrived.
Nevertheless, the policewoman was able to assist and comfort Lumiran until she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
“Nakatulong ng malaki si Badua dahil may karanasan ito sa trabaho sa ospital,” Mendioro said.