Police Patrolman Elymar C. Ayuman had no knowledge about childbirth and was hesitant at first but he managed to summon enough courage to help the woman on labor, Melanie Cacal, aboard their patrol car.
“Hindi pa nakakarating ng ospital ay pumutok na ang panubigan ng buntis kaya napilitan na ang pulis na si Patrolman Elymar Ayuman na matulungan agad ang buntis (Melanie’s water bag broke even before reaching the hospital, prompting Police Patrolman Elymar Ayuman to help her),” said Police Lt. Col. Ernesto Nebalasca Jr., commander of the 1st Quirino Provincial Mobile Force Company (QPMFC).
“Noong una talagang kinabahan pa ang aking pulis dahil paglabas ng sanggol wala siyang narinig na iyak. Halos maluha ang pulis ko kaya kahit walang masyadong alam, ginawa niya binaligtad niya ang sanggol parang nakadapa saka umiyak. Nang malapit na sa ospital, mismong doktor na pumutol ng umbilical cord sa patrol car (Ayuman was nervous as the baby didn’t cry when she was born. So he put the baby face down who then cried. The doctor cut the baby’s umbilical cord in the patrol car near the hospital),” Nebalasca said. “Natuwa ang pulis at alam niya malusog ang sanggol (Ayuman was happy when he learned that the baby was safe),” he added.
Melanie’s husband was grateful to the policemen of the 1st QPMFC and EOD/K9 who were conducting “Barangayanihan” community pantry in Barangay Gomez here when his wife went into labor.
The husband first approached barangay officials in the barangay hall to help him bring his wife to a hospital.
Since the barangay vehicle was not available that time, Nebalasca, who overheard the begging of the husband, ordered his personnel to use their patrol car to take Melanie to the nearest hospital.
But the woman’s water bag broke on the way to the hospital, forcing Ayuman and his group to attend to the woman. The woman successfully gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
It was learned that the baby has been named “Elyssa Pearl.” The mother and her baby are still at the Quirino Provincial Medical Center here.