THE new father of a baby boy delivered outside a police station by five officers has spoken out about his “excitement, joy and shock”.
The special delivery took place on Friday morning at 5.45am when on-duty officers heard Christina Kacorri, aged 28, in the final stages of labour screaming outside Camborne traffic centre just off the A30.
The Illogan mother and her Albanian husband Max had been on their way to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, in Truro, when their second son decided to make his appearance.
The couple, who now live in Penzance, were travelling in their Vauxhall Astra when Mrs Kacorri told her car valeter husband who works in Pool to pull over – twice – before giving birth just minutes later.
Mr Kacorri, aged 33, told the West Briton: “She was in out and out of the bed that night and eventually at around 4am she said we have got to go.
“I started driving but before we even got out of Penzance she told me to pull over and I stopped outside KFC takeaway.
“She then said ‘go, go, go, I can hold it a bit longer’ and I started driving again.
“At the Roseworthy dip, just outside of Camborne, her contractions started again and she said she could not go any further.
“I did not know where the closest hospital was, she was screaming from the pain so I decided to stop by the police station and call for help.
“But before the ambulance arrived officers from the traffic unit heard my wife screaming and rushed out to find out what was happening.”
One of the officers was PC Dave Cracknell who took on the role of midwife and set about making Mrs Kacorri comfortable at the back of their family car.
Three paramedics arrived just as the baby was born naturally at 6am to the shock and amazement of his new, proud parents, officers and ambulance crew.
Mrs Kacorri and the baby were taken by ambulance to Treliske where they were found to be in good health. They went home later that day.
Mr Kacorri added: “It was amazing and shocking at the same time.
“I was so excited but it could have all gone wrong so easily but we had our very happy ending in the end.”
Afterwards PC Cracknell, aged 51, of the police response team, talked about his shock finding Mrs Kacorri about to have her baby outside his station.
He explained: “When we first heard the sound we thought it was an animal in distress.
“Although we have dealt with most things during our service, this delivery was a totally new challenge for all of us. I just tried to think about the birth of my four children and what happened then.
“It all happened really quickly and the baby came out like a rocket. Even the paramedics were surprised by the speed of the birth.
“We were so relieved that everything turned out well and that the whole family is doing well.”
The baby who has not yet been named weighed in at a bouncing 5lb 10oz.