'I thought I had seen it all in my taxi but this takes the biscuit': Driver left stunned after passenger gives birth in his car
08:22 GMT, 23 April 2012
A baby boy shocked everyone to make a speedy arrival in the back of a taxi.
Lucas Jake was born in the back of the Vauxhall Vectra – in the carpark of a hospital.
Faye Branighan flagged down the cab as it dropped her mother-in-law off at her house.
Her anxious partner Stepen Axelborough begged the driver to take Faye to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead, telling him that she was having a baby.
Faye, 22, said: 'I just knew the baby was on the way. I could feel the head.
Lucas Jake was born in the back of a Vauxhall Vectra after Faye Branighan went into labour. The baby was born in the carpark of Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead
'When we pulled up to the hospital I knew I wasn't going to make it inside. We had already rung the hospital to say we were on our way and the midwives were waiting outside. And then I just had him in the back of the taxi.
'I lost all dignity. I just couldn't believe it, I just kept apologising to the poor taxi driver.'
Cabbie Peter Wakefield, who works for
Dean Taxis in Gateshead, thought he was in for an average working day
when he arrived for his first pick-up last Tuesday morning.
He said: 'The lady told me that we were going to her daughter's house, but when we arrived the son comes running out.
Cabbie Peter Wakefield was keft shocked when he looked in the back of his mirror and saw Faye giving birth in his taxi
'He asked me if I would take his wife to hospital. So off we went and about a minute into the journey she told me that the head was there.
'I didn't believe her at first as my wife had a 12-hour labour, but when I looked back in the mirror, I couldn't believe my eyes.
'So after breaking a few traffic laws we got to the maternity doors and he was born right there in the back of my taxi.
'I was standing with the father in total disbelief just looking at the back of my vehicle with the two back doors open and midwives and nurses everywhere. I thought I had seen it all in my taxi, but this takes the biscuit.
'When I went back and told the other drivers, no-one believed me.'
Lucas Jake who weighed 6lb, 10oz, were
discharged from hospital at 3.30pm on Tuesday, just seven hours after
the dramatic labour
Mother-of-two Faye said: 'I had been having pains since 4am but they didn't feel like contractions. It wasn't the same pain I'd had when I had Isaac but by the time it got to 8am I couldn't stand it any longer.
'When I got into the back of the taxi I needed to lie down. I just remember flying through the streets trying to get there.
'The journey just felt like the longest ever.'
Lucas Jake who weighed 6lb, 10oz, were discharged from hospital at 3.30pm on Tuesday, just seven hours after the dramatic labour.
Proud father Steven said: 'I can't believe what happened, I just tried to keep as calm as I could.
'It's certainly a story to tell him when he grows up.
'Lucas is doing well and we are so proud of him.'