A ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀʏ man Lɪᴠᴇᴅ up to his job title when he helped a sᴄʀᴇᴀᴍɪɴɢ woman ɢɪᴠᴇ ʙɪʀᴛʜ during his round. Perry Ryan, 29, was out dropping packages off to Hermes customers in Portsmouth, earlier this month when he heard sᴄʀᴇᴇᴄʜɪɴɢ which sᴏᴜɴᴅᴇᴅ ‘ʟɪᴋᴇ sᴏᴍᴇᴏɴᴇ ᴡᴀs ʙᴇɪɴɢ ᴍᴜʀᴅᴇʀᴇᴅ’. It turned out that neighbour Bakhan Shoker’s ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀs had ʙʀᴏᴋᴇɴ and she had gone into ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀ in the hallway by the front door while her husband was out.
The ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀʏ driver had ‘no idea what he was doing’ but had to help Khan Shoker . Quick-thinking Mr Ryan ᴘʜᴏɴᴇᴅ 999 and tried to comfort the woman before relaying the ᴘᴀʀᴀᴍᴇᴅɪᴄs instructions over the phone when her partner came back just in time for baby Bella’s arrival. He passed on directions on how to keep the baby’s ᴀɪʀᴡᴀʏs ᴄʟᴇᴀʀ, ᴇɴsᴜʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴFᴀɴᴛ was warmed with a towel and had sᴋɪɴ-ᴛᴏ-sᴋɪɴ contact with the mum. After helping ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀ the baby and ᴘᴀʀᴀᴍᴇᴅɪᴄs had arrived to take over, Mr Ryan said he was so sʜᴀᴋᴇɴ’ by that morning’s events he missed some of his afternoon slots. Recounting the tale, the former footballer said: “Mrs Shoker couldn’t speak very good English but then I heard her say ‘baby, baby, baby’. I then realised what was ʜᴀᴘᴘᴇɴɪɴɢ and sʜᴏᴜᴛᴇᴅ ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜ ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴇᴛᴛᴇʀʙᴏx and ᴄᴀʟʟᴇᴅ 999. I was trying to keep her ᴄᴀʟᴍ and ʀᴇᴀssᴜʀᴇ her. I had to sit down for five minutes after it all, I was in sʜᴏᴄᴋ. I missed some of my ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀʏ slots.”
A few minutes later, 31-year-old Mr Shoker rushed back from the shops after getting a call from his partner. Mr Shoker was sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ’ to Fɪɴᴅ her in the Fɪɴᴀʟ ᴛʜʀᴏᴇs ᴏF ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀ in the doorway of their ground floor bedroom after he opened the front door. Mr Ryan, who was a youth player with Portsmouth, continued: “He turned up and didn’t know what he was doing either. He was more sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴀɴ ᴍᴇ. He didn’t speak very good English either but I started directing him what to do from the instructions I was being given on the phone – while trying to ʀᴇsᴘᴇᴄᴛ ʜᴇʀ ᴘʀɪᴠᴀᴄʏ. The mum’s ʟᴇɢs ᴡᴇʀᴇ ᴄʟᴏsᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴇᴅʀᴏᴏᴍ ᴅᴏᴏʀ ᴀɴᴅ I ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅ sᴛᴀʀᴛ ᴛᴏ sᴇᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴀʙʏ ʙᴇFᴏʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴀᴅ ᴘᴜʟʟᴇᴅ ʜᴇʀ ᴏᴜᴛ.The baby was crying which I was told was good news. The dad was about to ᴘᴜʟʟ ᴛʜᴇ ᴜᴍʙɪʟɪᴄᴀʟ ᴄᴏʀᴅ so I told him ɴᴏᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴛᴏᴜᴄʜ ɪᴛ. He was amazing though. But it was a good job I was there otherwise he might have sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟᴇᴅ on his own. The ᴍɪᴅᴡɪFᴇ on the phone was brilliant too. I think they found it funny. I don’t know what would have ʜᴀᴘᴘᴇɴᴇᴅ if things had started to go ᴡʀᴏɴɢ. Neither of us had a clue what we were doing. I certainly didn’t expect that when I turned up to work, it was ᴄʀᴀᴢʏ.”
Mrs Shoker’s husband said : “When I got home I recognised Mr Ryan. He usually ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀs quite a lot of stuff from Ebay and Amazon to us. Perry was very helpful, what he did was so good. He couldn’t come in because the door was locked but it was good for me to know someone was behind the door. It was good timing for him to be there.” It all ʜᴀᴘᴘᴇɴᴇᴅ so quickly. I’m just glad the baby was in good health. The newborn was sᴀFᴇʟʏ ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ and ᴛᴀᴋᴇɴ ᴛᴏ Qᴜᴇᴇɴ Aʟᴇxᴀɴᴅʀᴀ Hᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ with her parents.