BABY Lily Rigby’s first view of the world was the footwell of a Vauxhall Vectra when she was dramatically delivered by her dad en route to hospital.
Mum Johanna Spear, 35, from Coney Hill, was in the front passenger seat and just half a mile from Gloucestershire Royal Hospital when she shouted “she’s coming”.
Former Army medic Shane Rigby, 38, kept calm and leapt from the back seat just as his second- born started to arrive in the congested Barnwood Road.
Shane, who also has a four-year-old son called Harry, said: “On our way down the road Jo said ‘I think she’s coming, I think she’s coming’ and I asked her dad John to pull over.
“I jumped from the back seat into the passenger footwell, flicked open the door and supported Lily as she came out.
“I saw a man gardening and I shouted to him ‘call an ambulance’.”
Shane, a groundworker for Tithegrove Limited, Swindon, said Lily’s delivery was a quick one but he managed to catch her in Johanna’s dressing gown.
When Johanna started having contractions on Tuesday morning her 68-year-old dad arrived at their Naunton Road home to rush the couple to hospital.
But they didn’t make it that far and Lily was born at 10.55am weighing a healthy 7lb 4oz.
Both Shane and Johanna are extremely grateful to the Barnwood Road resident who dashed to the scene with a handful of towels after he alerted paramedics.
“A few minutes later the ambulance came, and paramedics said, ‘Well done, all there is to do now is get them both to hospital’,” said Shane. “When they asked what time she was born I said I was a bit busy so I didn’t check, but it was just before the ambulance turned up.”
Mother and baby left hospital at around 7.30pm that day. after midwives were satisfied Lily could keep her second feed down.
Johanna said she was proud of Shane. “I was panicking, and so was Dad,” she said. “But Shane was so calm.
“Everything is fine. It was a little embarrassing. The traffic going the other way was jammed.
“By the time I got to Wall’s Roundabout I knew she was coming, there was no stopping her – I still can’t believe it.”
A spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service confirmed one crew turned up just after the baby was born.
He said: “We wish the family all the best for the future.”