Baby survives car crash seconds after birth

A newborn has had a dramatic introduction to the world, surviving a car crash after her dad drove into a ditch while her mum gave birth.

Her father, Mokhles Raheema, was rushing his labouring wife and two children to hospital in the Swedish city of Gavle.

Raheema told public television that just before the accident he heard his wife, Samaher Mezban, say, "She's coming out, she's coming out!"

Lucky escape ... A Swedish couple and their three children, including a brand new baby, were lucky to survive a car crash.
Lucky escape ... A Swedish couple and their three children, including a brand new baby, were lucky to survive a car crash. 

Raheema said he then turned to look at his wife, adding, “I saw my daughter come out and fall headfirst onto the floor”.

But as he took his eye off the road the car veered into a ditch, making it flip four times.

After the dust settled, Mezban remembered, “I felt great fear for my family and thought they are all dead.”  

Dramatic entry ... The baby was born seconds before the car rolled.
Dramatic entry ... The baby was born seconds before the car rolled. 

Raheema checked that his older children, aged one and eight, were unhurt, then looked for his brand new baby. After a moment the couple found her under the passenger seat.

"I fetched her and held her against me. She was crying," Raheema said. “I felt better when I saw the entire family.”

A passing motorist alerted emergency workers, who rushed the family to hospital.

The baby is in a stable condition in hospital, while the rest of the family is fine.

"I feel better. But I hurt all over," said mum of three Mezban.

The car, which actually belonged to a friend, has been written off, and Raheema said he has apologised to his friend for the incident.