When a UK mum went into labour in the back of a cab she wasn’t expecting this reaction from the taxi driver.
Karolina Dabrowska, 36, waters burst in the taxi enroute to hospital and the driver pulled over outside a hotel.
Matthew said: ‘She said the baby’s coming, we need to stop. So we pulled over. I dialled 999 for an ambulance and ran into the hotel.
Luckily a guest at the hotel was a doctor and they helped deliver baby Sebastian after birthing complications.
‘There was a doctor in there and two minutes later my son was born in the back of the taxi.”
New dad Matthew Errington, 43, was left in shock when the Addison Lee driver started asking them to be pay a fee for clearing up.
Matthew said: ‘The actions of the taxi driver at the most stressful moment of my life was appalling.’
‘My baby came out with his cord wrapped around his neck and at that point the taxi driver starts asking me for money.
‘I said my son’s not breathing leave me alone. The doctor came out and saved my son’s life.
‘Everybody was so helpful, however the taxi driver saying, “How am I going to get my taxi clean?”
‘I got my son breathing and he is still asking for money.’
‘He started banging on the doors to get into the ambulance and said get out and clean the taxi.’
A spokesman from taxi firm Addison Lee said: ‘We would like to wholeheartedly apologise again for the service that Matthew and Karolina experienced, at what was a stressful time for them.
‘As soon as we investigated what had happened we refunded their fares for both journeys to and from hospital, discussed with the driver how he could have been more sensitive to Matthew and Karolina’s needs at a difficult time and are issuing guidance to all our drivers to ensure this unfortunate situation can never happen again.
‘As a gesture of goodwill we have also made a donation to the premature and sick babies charity, Bliss.’
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