KUALA LUMPUR: The parents of a baby who was born in a Grab car did not know that their story had spread far and wide.
Umair Razak and Maria Suab, both 28, and a friend were travelling in a Grab car driven by Grace Nesamani Raju, 45, last Thursday when a heavily pregnant Maria suddenly screamed in pain.
The couple had expected their baby to be delivered a week later.
Grace tried her best to drive as fast as she could in the rush hour traffic from Bukit Bintang to Sentul Medical Centre.
However, the baby was born in her car as soon as she arrived at the hospital’s entrance.
Nurses rushed into the car to cut the baby’s umbilical cord and bring him into the ward.
Grace, who has driven for Grab for four months, visited the couple and their baby, named Ali Ahmad Razak, at their home yesterday.
She also brought presents for the baby.
Before the meeting, Grace admitted that she still could not believe that a baby had been born in her car.
Earlier, she received a message from Grab, informing her that Maria’s family did not have her telephone number to convey their gratitude and decided to pass their message to Grab.
Umair, who works at an air-conditioning repair shop, said he could not believe that news of his son’s birth had gone viral.
“We were busy at the hospital caring for our baby. Because of Grace, we now have a healthy baby boy,” he said.
“I will never forget the whole experience,” said Maria.
“Ali Ahmad is too young to understand all of this now. But when he grows older, I will definitely introduce him to Grace again.”
Baby Ali Ahmad slept through most of the meeting, although he woke up briefly and gave Grace a slight smile when she held him.
To celebrate the birth, Grab has given Ali Ahmad free rides for life.