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Near-Birth Experience

 This just happened tonight. I heard a woman moaning loudly outside our gate. I went out to investigate and there was a poor country woman sitting on the ground leaning against a tree. She was holding her big belly and groaning. Her little naked son was sitting nearby watching her. I thought "She's going to have that baby any second" and flagged down a passing tuk-tuk (a cart pulled by a motorbike) to take us to a hospital.

The driver, taking one look at the state of the woman and not wanting to mess up his clean seats, refused to take her. I looked at him closely and said "I know your face and I know your tuk-tuk number. If you don't take us, my friends and I will never use your tuk-tuk again." He relented and we all got in and drove to the nearest clinic.

The clinic refused to accept her. They didn't have birthing facilities. They advised us to take her to the newly built hospital. This wasn't a good plan because a) it was too far and b) it didn't have any equipment yet. (If you get sick, they advise foreigners to get airlifted out to another country)

By now the woman was mooing like a cow. I wasn't able to coach her in deep breathing because a) I don't speak the local language and b) she was a deaf. So there I was, huffing and puffing and all I was doing was hyperventilating myself. She was looking at me with wide eyes like I had lost my mind.

We went to another place, then another. I was sure I would have to catch the baby in my hands, when we finally arrived at a clinic which would take her. There was no timing her contractions. She was wailing like a siren by then.

We got her in the clinic, onto a gurney. A doctor rushed to her side and held up fingers to ask how many months she was, but she shook her head. He pointed to her toddler and then to her belly but she only shook her head again. He gestured "Throwing up?" She nodded "Yes."

After a couple pokes at her belly, he went into an office, came out with a syringe and gave her a shot. He stood looking at her while I stroked her brow . "Shouldn't you be taking her to the delivery room?" I asked. "No" he said. "Isn't she having a baby?" I asked.

"No, she's having food poisoning."

In minutes, right before our eyes, her stomach deflated and she sat up and gave us a wide grin.

Deki Deki 31-35, F 30 Responses Apr 7, 2009

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Omg haha thats funny😂

hahah hilarious awesome story :)

"She was looking at me with wide eyes like I had lost my mind." haha I wonder why! :-) Great story! Love it! <br />
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Hi Point of Light and Everyone,
Thank you for your great comments.
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Cheers, Deki

ROFL i needed that giggle!

Shocking! I'd never would have guessed the problem was 'food poisoning', LOL!!

This sooo made my day! Good grief, I needed a good laugh. And boy did I get that! Thanks!

I loved this story!

wow interesting! kudos for you being a good citizen & helping this stranger :) I fell from my chair laughing reading ya story.....nice.... I fell from my chair laughing reading ya story.....nice....

Wow. Lucky.


That's a funny story. Thanks for sharing

wow lucky u heard her hope shes ok now:)

lol... nice story! ; )

haha thank you for giving me something to laugh about today :)

you are great woman! I loved your story~ very fun, you phrazed it beautifully and we've all been in suspense :)). Awesome !!<br />
best regards, Kurzemiete.

I felt like I was right there with you! :)

This is hilarious!

LOL! Good story. You still did something good.

very cool...


What a story!

Thanks Everyone. Today I got a ride from the same tuk-tuk driver and asked if the woman was doing OK. I was a bit worried whether she understood about taking the medicine twice a day that the doctor gave her. He says she understood and is doing fine now so I tipped him again for keeping an eye on her. <br />
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Elseone, I'm going to check if you wrote a story about your womb time :)

LOL! That was amazing!

Funny story

Thank you BuddysBuddy. She was glad too.<br />
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Thank you, Cre8engr. Life is a good story. lol

LOL! That was a good story. Life has it's interesting twists.

Phew! A close one either way! I'm glad you were there to help her. It was so good of you to do that. :)

Thanks everyone! I'm glad you enjoyed it.<br />
When we left the hospital, the young woman gestured that she wanted to be dropped off at the nearest temple so she could pray for me. Clearly she thought I was a nutcase.<br><br />
This is in the Kingdom of Cambodia. Beautiful country. Sweet people. Very poor.<br />
If I got seriously ill or injured here, I'd be airlifted to Vietnam on the east border or to Thailand on the west. Both are one hour away. Laos is to the north.

that was great, really funny ...but what scary country is that???


What a bizarre turn of events. Thank you for sharing this story with us. I'm glad you were able to rush this girl to the hospital.

Truth is stranger than fiction! Great story!