Passenger Gives Birth At LRT-1

MANILA, Philippines - Another female passenger gave birth at the Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1 Central station in Manila, Friday afternoon.

Anita Paz, 37, delivered her baby boy at about 1:05 p.m. upon alighting at the eastside platform of the station.

Paz was accompanied by a friend on their way to the Fabella Hospital. But her water broke while she was still onboard a moving LRT train as it approached the Pedro Gil station.

Amelita Clemenia, a former caregiver in Kuwait, helped Paz deliver her baby. LRT nurse and security personnel accompanied Paz and her baby to Fabella Hospital after the incident.

The baby will be named "Jeb."

Accidental child labor and delivery are among the common emergency situations at the LRT that is why personnel are also trained how to attend to the situation.

Last June, a bouncing baby girl was born aboard a speeding train between Libertad and Gil Puyat stations in Pasay City. The baby was named "Lilibeth" after the Libertad station.

Just like "Lilibeth," "Liberty Anne" was also delivered at the LRT Libertad Station in April 2011.

"Lilibeth" and "Liberty Anne" are not the only ones born on the LRT train. On October 30, 2010 LRT Head Guard Elnora Castro helped a pregnant woman delivered her son at the platform area of Pedro Gil Station. Castro received recognition from the LRT management and was absorbed for employment because of her invaluable service.

On May 5, 2005, Lea Aquino Ababa of Pasay City gave birth to a baby girl inside the station while on her way to Fabella Memorial Hospital. She named her daughter Dorotea, apparently after the Doroteo Jose station.