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Baby born in Israeli traffic jam

Dec. 16, 2013 at 3:56 PM

JERUSALEM, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- An Israeli volunteer paramedic who became stuck in a massive traffic jam said she helped a woman stuck on the same road give birth in a car.

Araleh Pamp, a senior volunteer medic with emergency medical services group ZAKA, said she was stuck in traffic Monday morning on highway 443 leading into Jerusalem due to the snow brought in from a weekend storm, Israeli broadcaster Arutz Sheva reported Monday.

"I was on my way to work in Jerusalem when suddenly I heard a 40-year-old man call for urgent help, I ran to the car with my bag of medical equipment and saw a woman in labor. I asked the driver of a station-wagon to clear room, we folded down the rear seats and I began full delivery," Pamp said. "At the same time, I notified the ZAKA center and they called an ambulance. There was a midwife in the traffic jam who helped me in the delivery."

Pamp said the baby was born in the car and finally made it to a hospital about an hour later.

"It was a very emotional moment when I gave the mother her newborn infant to hold; she told me that she never thought that the birth of her 14th child would happen in a car," Pamp said. "When they left home they heard the road was clear and they thought they could make it to the hospital; thank god the mother and baby are healthy."

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