When Father Eugene Uiliata was frantically driving his pregnant wife to the hospital, a thought crossed his mind.
“I think man, like it would be crazy if she gave birth in the car,” Mr Uiliata said.
“Like no, that’s not going to happen.”
But Mr. Uiliata was not alone that October day.
Sydney Police Officer Tim Burnett was checking the speed of drivers in Ingleburn, south west of the CBD, when Mr Uiliata’s blue vehicle pulled up next to him.
“And then the driver got out of the car, came over shouting ‘My wife is in labor,'” Senior Constable Burnett said.
While the officer called an ambulance, baby Winter was in no mood to pick up.
“Tim was standing there waiting for her to come out. She came out all the way. It was Tim who grabbed her and rescued her,” her mother Sela Uiliata said.
“She was born on the side of the road.”
This week, Sen Const Burnett reunited with the Uiliatas, gifting baby Winter a police teddy.
While the situation was undoubtedly stressful, perhaps being delivered by a police officer might be fine for Winter.
“I hope that one day in the future she can pursue my dream of being a police officer,” Ms Uiliata laughed.
Sen Const Burnett decided to stay in the force rather than change careers to become an obstetrician.
“You can ask any policeman – there’s no such thing as a typical day,” he said.
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