Woman gives birth on Southend-on-Sea High Street
A woman who was visiting a seaside town for the day went into labour and gave birth on the High Street.
Lynn Htun and her husband Amr Elebediwy were on a trip to Southend-on-Sea from their home in east London when Mrs Htun went into labour two and a half weeks early.
A midwife happened to be passing and helped deliver the baby, a girl, on the pavement on Wednesday.
Ms Htun and baby Aya are said to be "healthy" and "doing well" in hospital.
The family arrived in the Essex town at about 12:40 BST and Mrs Htun experienced contractions shortly after.
"I felt very strong contractions but they were only about 10 to 15 minutes apart," she said.
"We went for a walk on the beach and then the contractions became closer together.
"I called the hospital and they said to get to a hospital immediately but we couldn't find a taxi so we decided to walk towards the train station.
"But the contractions came very close and I couldn't walk any further."
Mrs Htun was on the pavement near a Santander branch when street warden Wayne Edwards arrived at the scene.
Mr Edwards said he managed to get some barriers from Marks and Spencer and a "massive" umbrella from a passer-by to make the area more private.
"There was a lady there who happened to be an off-duty midwife," he said.
"She quickly cracked on doing what she's done for however many years.
"Everyone in the area pulled together and helped.
"A hairdressers gave a load of clean towels to cover the baby and a woman bought the baby some clothes from a nearby shop.
"My faith in humanity has been restored."
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Mrs Htun and Mr Elebediwy said they are "very thankful" for the help they received.
Mother-of-three Mrs Htun said she was "so lucky" a midwife was there at the time and she praised the woman who accompanied the couple to hospital after the birth.