A delivery man Lɪᴠᴇᴅ up to his job title when he helped a sᴄʀᴇᴀᴍɪɴɢ woman give birth during his round. Perry Ryan, 29, was out dropping packages off to Hermes customers in Portsmouth, earlier this month when he heard sᴄʀᴇᴇᴄʜɪɴɢ which sounded ‘like someone was beeing ᴍᴜʀᴅᴇʀᴇᴅ’. It turned out that neighbour Bakhan Shoker’s waters had ʙʀᴏᴋᴇɴ and she had gone into ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀ in the hallway by the front door while her husband was out. The delivery driver had ‘no idea what he was doing’ but had to help Khan Shoker . Quick-thinking Ryan phoned 999 and tried to comfort the woman before relaying the ᴘᴀʀᴀᴍᴇᴅɪᴄs’ instructions over the phone when her partner came back just in time for baby Bella’s arrival. He passed on directions on how to keep the baby’s airways clear, ensure the infant was warmed with a towel and had skin to skin contact with the mum.
After helping deliver the baby and ᴘᴀʀᴀᴍᴇᴅɪᴄs had arrived to take over, Ryan said he was so sʜᴀᴋᴇɴ’ by that morning’s events he missed some of his afternoon slots. Recounting the tale, the former footballer said: ” Shoker couldn’t speak very good English but then I heard her say ‘baby, baby, baby’. I then realised what was happening and sʜᴏᴜᴛᴇᴅ through the letterbox and called 999. I was trying to keep her ᴄᴀʟᴍ and ʀᴇᴀssᴜʀᴇ her. I had to sit down for five minutes after it all, I was in sʜᴏᴄᴋ. I missed some of my delivery slots.”
A few minutes later, 31-year-old Shoker rushed back from the shops after getting a call from his partner. Shoker was shocked to find her in the final throes of ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀ in the doorway of their ground floor bedroom after he opened the front door. Ryan continued: ” He turned up and didn’t know what he was doing either. He was more shocked than me. He didn’t speak very good English either but I started directing him what to do from the instructions I was being given on the phone – while trying to ʀᴇsᴘᴇᴄᴛ her ᴘʀɪᴠᴀᴄʏ. The mum’s ʟᴇɢs were close to the bedroom door and i could start to see the baby before the dad pulled her out .The baby was crying which I was told was good news. The dad was about to ᴘᴜʟʟ the ᴜᴍʙɪʟɪᴄᴀʟ ᴄᴏʀᴅ so I told him ɴᴏᴛ to touch it. He was amazing though. But it was a good job I was there otherwise he might have sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟᴇᴅ on his own. The ᴍɪᴅᴡɪFᴇ on the phone was brilliant too. I think they found it funny. I don’t know what would have happened if things had started to go ᴡʀᴏɴɢ. Neither of us had a clue what we were doing. I certainly didn’t expect that when I turned up to work, it was crazy.”
Shoker’s husband said : “When I got home I recognised Ryan. He usually delivers quite a lot of stuff from Ebay and Amazon to us. Perry was very helpful, what he did was so good. He couldn’t come in because the door was locked but it was good for me to know someone was behind the door. It was good timing for him to be there.” It all happened so quickly. I’m just glad the baby was in good health. The newborn was safely delivered and taken to queen Alexandra Hᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ with her parents.