A POLICE officer who investigated screams coming from a Brentford flat has ended up delivering a baby!
PC Andi Biddel was called to Brickfield Close by neighbours who mistook mother-to-be Anitha Saravananmuthtu's screams of labour for domestic abuse.
He and his colleague, PC Gemma Mumford, entered the property just after 11pm on Sunday October 9, to find Mrs Saravananmuthtu in the middle of labour along with her panicking husband, Thirukumar, and their one-year-old son, Sharvin.
The Tamil couple say that despite repeatedly calling for an ambulance since 4pm that day, one never arrived.
Mr Saravananmuthtu, who works part-time in Ruby's Indian restaurant in Southall, lost his leg to a landmine in Sri Lanka 15 years ago and cannot operate a car.
He said: "I called and called and an ambulance never came. I am disabled so could not take my wife to hospital. We were very worried, the house was so cold and no one from the hospital would come.
"We had our little boy in the house so I needed to look after him too and my wife had not given birth unassisted before. He was nine days early, we weren't expecting this."
Luckily for Mrs Saravananmuthtu, her waters broke just after the police officers arrived and for Mr Biddel, an ex-paramedic, instinct kicked in, and just after midnight he had helped to deliver a healthy boy.
He updated the police with a message to headquarters at 12:08pm saying: "We have a baby boy!"
Mr Biddel said: "It all happened very quickly and I was relieved to hear the baby crying because I knew all was well."
The proud parents have not yet named their new son, and are waiting a few days before they decide, but they have decided on one thing, they will not be having any more little boys.
Mr Saravananmuthtu added: "I think two boys is enough for us."
An ambulance took the mother and baby to Ealing Hospital, where they released the next day.
A London Ambulance Service spokesman said that routine labours are not considered an emergency and they were aware Mrs Saravananmuthtu was not on her own. They also called to check on the patient.
The spokesman added: "Two ambulance crews were dispatched before 11.10pm and 11.30pm but both needed to be diverted to higher priority calls – one to a patient with chest pains.
“We would like to offer our congratulations to the family but, as always, advise expectant parents to think carefully before calling an ambulance in pregnancy or normal labour.”