A pregnant woman in Pennsylvania gave birth in a Tesla after her husband put the electric car on autopilot and helped her in giving delivery before they arrived at the hospital. The nurses then nicknamed Keating and Yiran Sherry’s newborn girl “Tesla baby” after the incident.
Yiran and Keating Sherry of Pennsylvania recalled the story on Dec. 18, of their daughter Maeve Lily’s dramatic birth in the front seat of their Tesla.
Her contractions began in the middle of the night on Sept. 9, and she expected to give birth to her second child soon, but not that soon.
“I knew,” Yiran told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I said to Keating, ‘Today’s the day, but I don’t think it’s happening anytime soon.”
When Keating saw his wife’s water had broken while getting the couple’s 3-year-old son Rafa ready for school, he became worried.
It was rush hour on that day, and her contractions were now one minute apart, she was crouched on the floor in front of the passenger seat. Keating immediately put his left hand lightly on the steering wheel while Yiran grabbed his right hand, delivering her baby right there, on the car’s floor.
“I figured my responsibility as a husband was to get my wife to the hospital safely. That was the number one objective. Although when she was going through her labor, I was getting that death squeeze from her,” Keating said. “She’s having these intense contractions. So occasionally I would put the car on autopilot to check on her, look back and see Rafa, just to make sure he was OK.”
During those tense moments, Keating said he’s thankful for autopilot.
“With the autopilot, I’m still very focused on the road,” he explained. “But it’s nice to have that reassurance as your heart rate is just through the roof and you’re trying to handle a pretty stressful situation as best you can.”
However, Maeve was out as soon as the couple arrived to the Paoli Hospital.
The doctors took mom and baby inside. Both were healthy.
“Once the pediatrician said, “She’s healthy. Congratulations,” that was quite the sigh of relief,” Keating said.
The parents joked that their baby girl would inherit the car.
“I wouldn’t be too surprised if, in the year 2037, Maeve is getting her permit with that Tesla,” Keating said.