Schoolboy delivers baby of woman who didn’t know she was pregnant

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A BOY delivered a baby on his way to school - for a mum who didn’t even know she was pregnant.

Student Ruwais Khan, 16, was on his way to school in Flash Lane, Mirfield, West Yorkshire, at around 8.30am on April 3 when he heard the screams of a woman in labour on the roadside.

The youngster, along with a a nurse, who also stopped when she saw the drama, leapt into action and baby Lilly popped into the world weighing 9lbs 2oz.

New mum Michaela Rhodes, 27, went in to labour as she and her husband Alan, 36, were off shopping. Startled by his wife’s screams Mr Rhodes pulled over and flagged down passers-by to help.

Mrs Rhodes said: “It was a complete shock. I didn’t even know I was pregnant.

“We were just going shopping to Huddersfield in the car when I started to have stomach cramps. Then it all became a bit of a blur.”

Mum and baby are now doing well and recovering at home in Dewsbury. Mrs Rhodes said: “She’s really chunky.”

Ruwais was heading to the nearby Castle Hall Academy when he heard a woman screaming.

As he dialled 999, school nurse Angela Robinson-Dobbins, 47, of Mirfield, pulled over and started grabbing coats off passers-by to prepare Michaela for the imminent arrival.

With teenager Ruwais Khan on his mobile relaying instructions from the ambulance service and mum-of-two Angela acting as midwife, baby Lilly was born before paramedics could arrive.

Modest hero Ruwais, who wants to study engineering at Kirklees College in Huddersfield, when he leaves school, said: “I just did what anyone else would have done. I still can’t believe it happened.

“I could just hear a woman screaming and I thought she might be injured. When I got there the man she was with asked me if I had a mobile phone.

“I stayed on the phone and talked the nurse through what the ambulance were telling me. The mum started bleeding heavily when the baby was born so I had to tell the nurse to massage her belly and make sure that the mum and baby were kept warm.

“Everybody was just really happy when she was born. I was feeling quite overwhelmed but looking back I think it’s a good thing that I will know what to do in the future.”

Ruwais, who lives with his mum Naseem Rashid, brother Muhammad, 10, and sister Ammarah, 19, in Ravensthorpe, near Dewsbury, turned up for school over half an hour late after safely helping to deliver the baby.

He said: “When I went up to my head of year I said ‘you’re not going to believe this’.

“She wrote me up a late slip and walked me to my maths class. When I got there the teacher said what a suprise that Ruwais is late again. When I stood at the front of class and told everybody what happened I had a huge round of applause.

Ruwais, who is studying for his GCSEs, said: “My mum is just so proud that I stayed and helped.”

His head of year Gemma Atkinson said: “That’s the best excuse I’ve ever heard for being late – and I’ve heard some whoppers in my time. Ruwais is a real hero.”

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