TWO policemen experienced a different kind of encounter they never thought would happen in their career: to assist in the delivery of a child inside their utility patrol jeep.
Staff Sgt. Edgardo Ace Lamigo III and Corporal Mike Malubay, assigned at the Tayug Police Station on a midnight shift, readily responded to an emergency request to bring an expectant mother, accompanied by her mother and partner to the hospital.
Lamigo said Virgilio Mariñas, 31, driver of a harvester farm equipment, sought police assistance at around 12:30 a.m. to bring his live-in partner Maricar Mababa, 24, to a hospital after they found the Rural Health Unit closed where they hoped they could get assistance for the expected delivery of the child.
As the patrol vehicle was traveling along Barangay Rizal, Lamigo said Mababa’s water bag suddenly broke and she started to have labor pain.
Lamigo told Malubay, who is a nurse, to stop the car by a road shoulder along Barangay Canarem and both helped Mababa to lie on the floor of the patrol vehicle.
“It was a healthy baby girl ” Lamigo excitedly recalled the moments when they helped the mother deliver her child.
They then proceeded to Eastern Pangasinan District Hospital in Tayug town for proper care of the mother and child.
“It was all for Papa Jesus,” Lamigo said when asked if the situation, assisting in the delivery of the baby, scared him.
He said he volunteered to be a ninong of the baby girl on the day of her baptism.
The baby girl, who weighed 3.1 kgs, is the fourth child of Maricar and Virgilio. (Eva Visperas)
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