Paramedics called to what they believed was a car crash in Birmingham on Tuesday found themselves attending to the birth of a baby boy instead.
West Midlands Ambulance Service attended the scene on the A38 Bristol Road, near the drive-thru McDonald's at the Belgrave Middleway junction just after 6am.
The found Rebecca Pyper and her partner Paul Curtis, both 22, who had been on their way to Birmingham Women's Hospital when they pulled over near the McDonald's.
“It all just happened so quick,” said Rebecca, from Edgbaston. “We were about to turn right at the traffic lights near McDonald's and I said to my mum I could feel him coming out.
“By the time the lights were green he was in my trousers. He was obviously in a rush and had delivered himself.”
Also in the yellow Volkswagen Golf convertible was Rebecca’s mum Sharon, 43, as they pulled into a bus stop opposite McDonald's to help deliver Daniel, the couple’s first child.
Rebecca said: “Paul and mum were really calm which helped keep me calm. I was stuck on my knees facing out towards the window.
“People were looking in and probably thinking what on Earth are they doing?
“An old lady walked past with her dog and she came over and rubbed my back and said ‘are you okay’? It was kind of embarrassing.”
Five minutes later the ambulance rushed Daniel, who was six hours overdue, and Rebecca to Birmingham Women’s Hospital where he was transferred to an incubator before weighing in at 5lbs 2oz.
The memorable journey had started at about 4am when Rebecca was abruptly awoken by contractions which accelerated to three-minute intervals.
Rebecca and Paul are set to move into a new home in Ladywood and already have plans for a little girl to join Daniel.
Paramedic Karen Parry said: “It was a wonderful experience for everyone. Mum, Dad and baby were all doing well which was great.
“We’d had a really hard 12 hour shift and this was our last job of the night; and what a nice way to finish.”
Emergency Medical Technician, Debbie Styzaker, added: “This sort of job is almost always such good news. The parents were understandably very emotional; and to be fair, I think we were too.”