Woman almost gives birth in LRT coach


Posted at Apr 13 2011 06:14 PM | Updated as of Apr 14 2011 02:14 AM

MANILA, Philippines - A pregnant woman on board a train almost gave birth in one of the stations of the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) in Line 1 on Wednesday morning, according to a statement by the LRTA.

Mary Ann Opedra, 22, of Pasay City delivered her first child at Pasay General Hospital at around 8:44 a.m. after being rushed by LRT personnel to the nearest hospital near Libertad Station.

On-duty Head Guard Arius Serioza said Opedra and her husband Renato were on their way to Doroteo Jose station for a monthly check-up in Fabella Memorial Hospital when Opedra experienced contractions.
Opedra’s daughter was named Liberty Anne, after the name of Libertad station.

LRT management extended financial assistance to the family as they are not prepared financially.

"Apart from our regular duties to ferry passengers safely to their destinations, it is also our responsibility to render our unselfish service to anyone who is in need of immediate assistance at the revenue line. This is a policy that we keep on reminding our LRTA employees," LRTA Administrator Rafael S. Rodriguez said.

He added: "This is the reason why we segregate passengers and maintain the first coach of the train as a special boarding area for pregnant women, senior citizens and PWDs [Person With Disabilities]."

The first LRT pregnancy was reported on May 5, 2005 when Lea Aquino Ababa of Pasay City gave birth to a baby girl.

On October 30, 2010, another pregnant woman, assisted by LRT Head Guard Elnora B. Castro, gave birth to her son at the platform area of Pedro Gil Station.