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Husband Ordered an Uber to Take His Pregnant Wife to the Hospital, but They Didn't Quite Make It: 'That Was Amazing


"I caught it when it was coming out."

In this Feb. 10, 2015, file photo, Anthony Khoury, head of Middle East and Africa expansions for Uber, demonstrates the mobile application at a press event to celebrate the official launch of the car-hailing service in Cairo. Uber passengers can now earn one Starwood rewards point for each dollar they spend on a ride in a car found through the Uber app, the San Francisco-based company said Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy, File)

A New York City couple's announcement of the birth of their daughter wasn't like most, which usually feature picture of a pair of tiny feet or a small fist grabbing a parent's finger.

David Horvitz's Twitter announcement was a picture of an open car door and a little spot of blood.

"[H]ave you ever delivered a baby in the backseat of an @uber? i have," the Brooklyn father wrote.

According to artNet news, Horvitz and his wife, Zanna Gilbert, thought she was only in the early stages of labor.

"We were past due," Horvitz told artnet News. "Zanna was in labor, but we didn't realize it. We thought she was in pre-labor, so we thought, 'We'll go to the hospital now.'"

He told the New York Post that when his wife woke early Monday morning and wanted to go to the hospital, he looked on his Uber app and saw a car available just five minutes away from their apartment.

Germaine Allen picked up the couple to take them on their 12-mile journey to Mt. Sinai Hospital, but baby Ela Melanie didn't wait that long.

"Zanna told me later that she had the urge to push, but she didn't want to freak anyone out," Horvitz told artnet News of his wife who is a fellow at the Museum of Modern Art. "Then she said, ‘I think I'm going to have the baby now.' It's blurry after that, but I remember picking up the baby. I caught it when it was coming out, but it was dark, so I didn't know it was coming out."

Horvitz said Allen never stopped driving, even going the wrong way down a one-way street at Horvitz's request to get them to the hospital faster.

"When we heard Ela crying, we were like, ‘OK, she's breathing, it's OK,'" the new dad told artnet News.

As it would turn out, Allen is expecting a child of his own in a couple of months.

“I just kept telling the driver I was sorry,” Horvitz told the Post. “But he said, ‘Don’t worry, that was amazing!’”

The Post reported that Uber had Allen's car cleaned and gave him tickets to see a Knicks game to thank him for his extraordinary service.

(H/T: Daily Mail)

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