London: Andrew Davis (44) decided to drive girlfriend Sarah Pearson to hospital in their Fiat Punto after she went into labour at home. But just a few minutes into the journey the baby suddenly ‘popped out’ and landed in the footwell, to the couple’s horror.

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They realised the 7lbs tot, now named Cecilia, was not breathing and had turned blue so Andrew sprung into action. Using a technique he had seen on hit US drama, ER, he patted his daughter on the back at the side of the road and managed to revive her.

Davis said, “We’d only got a couple of minutes down the road when Sarah started screaming like I’ve never heard anyone scream before. All of a sudden there was this huge whoosh — as if someone had chucked a bowl of water into the car. Then I looked across and the baby was in the footwell. She was blue.

I stopped the car and we both just screamed at each other. I had no idea what to do. I don’t know where it came from, but I suddenly remembered an episode of ER — they patted a baby on the back, so that’s what I did. All of a sudden all this fluid came out of her mouth and she started crying. I was so relieved.”

A sales manager, 31-year-old Pearson said Davis had obviously helped the baby, as she was not breathing. “He saved her life,” she said. Davis, a company director, rang 999 from the car after the birth but was stunned when an operator told him they were not a priority call. He was forced to finish driving the five miles to Nottingham City Hospital himself with his partner and their newborn daughter in the back.

Davis and Pearson are back home in Woodborough, Nottinghamshire, with Cecilia and their older daughter India (3). Pearson said they have lodged a complaint with East Midlands Ambulance Service after they allegedly refused to offer them immediate help.