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Chinese doctors use smartphone lights to deliver baby in car after mum goes into labour outside hospital

Baby was already being born when mother arrived at Zhongshan People’s Hospital, in Guangzhou, early on Sunday morning

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 January, 2017, 1:44pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 January, 2017, 4:54pm

Chinese doctors used lights from smartphones to deliver a healthy baby boy in the dark after a woman went into labour in the back of a car outside a hospital, mainland media reported.

The baby had already started to appear as the woman arrived outside Zhongshan People’s Hospital, in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, early on Sunday morning, the news website Sina News reported.

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Dr Fenjun He said by the time he and a colleague had run out to the car half of the baby’s body was already in view, so the birth had to continue inside the vehicle.

He said he and a nurse had also tried, but failed, to lift the mother and the baby out of the vehicle.

Paediatrician Cong Pan then arrived to take over the delivery, using the lights of nurses’ and doctors’ smartphones so she could see clearly in the darkness.

Doctor’s recorded the newborn’s birth at 2.25am and he was immediately transferred to the hospital’s intensive care unit for further treatment, the report said.

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Both the baby and his mother were doing well after the birth, the report added.