If you went into labor and no one was around to drive you to the hospital, you’d like to think you could call a cab, right?
I mean, that’s what they do. They give rides to people who need them.
Well, one woman who desperately needed a cab — in fact, you could argue she needed a cab more than 99.9% of everyone out there — was kicked to the curb. Why? Because she was in labor.
As Lauren over at Parenting.com reports, Ana Belis Hernandez was picked up by a driver in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She was headed to the hospital to give birth but the driver decided he wanted her out of the cab saying he didn’t want to get blood all over the place.
Not only did this complete jackass kick her out of the car, but he left her alone to deliver her baby on the sidewalk.
“I took my sweater off and wrapped [the baby] in it. It wasn’t enough so I had to use my shirt to cover her head,” she told news reporters. “She started coughing and I started rubbing her back because I thought she was going to drown. I was afraid something bad was going to happen to her. Cars kept driving by but nobody pulled over to help.”
What is wrong with people? How do you ignore a woman laying on the sidewalk with a newborn baby?
Finally somebody called the paramedics, who cut the umbilical cord and took them to the hospital. The baby, named Milagro, was treated for an unnamed infection but was released along with her mother shortly after.
Local police are offering a $500 reward to anyone who has information leading to his arrest.
Sometimes there are triumphant, life-affirming stories that come when people band together in times of distress, and sometimes human beings are just huge disappointments.
It’s in a foreign language, obviously, but emotion transcends language. And the baby’s birth is nearly captured on camera in the video below: