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Woman gives birth in Uber in Surabaya, receives Rp 1m credit

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Wed, December 20, 2017 | 06:02 pm
Woman gives birth in Uber in Surabaya, receives Rp 1m credit

The online transportation company reportedly gave Akbar baby products and a onesie with #UberBABY written on it. (Shutterstock/File)

Muhammad Akbar was born in Surabaya, East Java, on Nov. 22. However, unlike other babies born that day, Akbar was born in an Uber car.

Uber driver Indra Prawoto shared on the company’s website that he received an order from the Anyar Tambak area at 5:30 p.m. The passengers were two women and one of them was in labor.

They asked Indra to take them to the nearest Women and Children Hospital. Alas, it was raining cats and dogs, which led to the road being jam-packed. Indra then spent two hours driving six kilometers to the hospital.

After spending more than an hour in the car, the pregnant lady started shouting. With help from her friend, Akbar’s mother then gave birth in Indra’s car.

Indra recalled that Akbar was safe and he continued driving to the hospital as both mother and son needed a doctor.

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Muhammad Akbar was born in an Uber car on Nov. 22. Muhammad Akbar was born in an Uber car on Nov. 22. (Uber's website/File)

They finally reached the hospital 50 minutes after Akbar was born. As they were queuing, Indra ran into the emergency room to ask for help. A doctor and nurse rushed out and cut the baby’s umbilical cord in the car.

Indra then waited at the hospital for a while, ensuring that both mother and baby were safe.

Akbar now lives in Madura with his parents and grandparents.

The online transportation company reportedly gave Akbar baby products and a onesie with #UberBABY written on it. Furthermore, Akbar’s mother was given Rp 1 million (US$73.66) Uber credit and a #UberMOM T-shirt. Meanwhile, her friend received Rp 500,000 Uber credit and a #UberHero T-shirt.

The 49-year-old Indra reportedly received some cash and a #UberHero T-shirt as well. Uber also paid to have his car cleaned.

Akbar was not the first baby to be born in an Uber. Prior to this, a woman reportedly gave birth to a baby girl in a taxi in Bandung, West Java, in April. (kes)

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