According to The Star, a woman in Penang had to deliver her baby in the car when she could not reach a public hospital in time – apparently just hours after being sent home from one despite her protests.
The story was shared through a Facebook page, Penangku Viral where it explained that the woman ended up at a private hospital after giving birth.
Upset over the “unexpected” hospital bill, the woman’s husband blamed the initial public hospital that was located at Penang’s mainland for allegedly turning his wife away earlier.
The couple drove all the way from Sungai Ara at around 11am when there were signs that labour was imminent. After check-in, a doctor came to check on the woman and found that her cervix was only dilated to 2cm.
At around 3pm, the woman was asked to go home as she was told that it would be some time before she could go into labour.
It was then that the woman pleaded with the hospital to let her stay as the drive from the couple’s house ranged from 50 minutes to more than an hour. However, her pleas were allegedly ignored.
Shortly after reaching home, the woman told her husband she needed to be rushed to the hospital again at about 7pm.
Travel times took slower as it was peak-hour traffic and the woman ended up delivering her baby in the car before her husband took her to the nearest private hospital.
For now, a Penang Health Department spokesman said the department would come up with a report after completing its investigation. He said the report would be forwarded to the Health Ministry.