It was probably not what he was expecting when he signed up for a gig as an Uber driver, but 23-year-old Athanasios Tsakalos helped deliver a baby in the back of his car on NYC's Brooklyn-Queens Expressway over the weekend, proving that life really is a highway!
Tsakalos had picked up the expectant mama and her 2-year-old daughter in Queens after they requested a ride to Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, but the ride ended about 15 minutes later when it became clear that the mom-to-be was already in labor and wasn't gonna make it there in time.
"She told me to stop and call the ambulance because she's going into labor," Tsakalos told CBS New York. So he pulled over, moved the 2-year-old to the front seat, gave the laboring mama some towels, and called 911 for help—which he desperately needed, since the baby's umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck.
"The body, the legs, the arms, were out already by the time the cop came there," Tsakalos said. "I told him to please just take over and he put on the gloves."
Luckily, NYPD Officer Raphael Mohammed was a former paramedic, so he swooped in to help deliver the baby without hesitation. "I [had] to create an airspace for the baby to start breathing, and once that airspace was created, I was also able to loosen the umbilical cord that was wrapped around the neck," he told WABC 7. "By doing those two things, I realized that the baby started to gasp for air and started to move."
Pretty amazing! Mohammed then got mom and baby into an ambulance and escorted them to the hospital, where they are currently doing fine.
As for Tsakalos, he decided to take the rest of the day off—and we SO don't blame him. "It was a crazy experience," he told CBS. "I will definitely remember this for the rest of my life,"