Of the many advantages of owning a Tesla car, the most that came in handy to Pennsylvania couple was the driver-assist tech, aka autopilot mode. Yiran Sherry, 33, was with her husband, Keating, 34, driving their 3-year-old son to pre-school after going about their typical day doing their household chores. No doubt they like the aspects of the vehicle being environmentally friendly, low maintenance, and efficient, but their Tesla’s full self-driving feature turned out to be insanely life-changing. Thanks to the car assisting them as it should, they are cradling in their arms a bundle of joy who is also the world’s first Tesla baby!
With Rafa in the backseat and contractions in full swing, the couple was left with no choice but to race to the nearest hospital once nature took its course and Yiran’s water broke. Keating immediately set out for a 20-minute drive from their home in Wayne to Paoli Hospital. All this time, an agonizing Yiran was crouched on the floor in the passenger seat. With a lot of traffic on the way to the hospital and his wife’s contractions getting more robust and more painful, Keating utilized the Tesla’s autopilot feature while keeping his left hand lightly on the steering wheel and also tending to his wife.
“She was squeezing my hand to the point where I thought she was going to shatter it. I was (saying) ‘Yiran, OK, focus on your breathing.’ That was advice to myself, as well. My adrenaline was pumping,” Keating Sherry told the Inquirer. The couple also had to take the momentous decision of whether they should wait to get to the hospital or push the baby out in the car itself. Yiran decided not to delay the childbirth as the car was barely moving in traffic, and on the other hand, the baby was coming full steam ahead. According to Wio News, “Should I push or should I hold? Should I push, or should I hold? F**k it, let’s do this.” She then gave birth to her daughter as they arrived at the hospital.
The nurses cut even the baby’s umbilical cord in the car’s front seat. “Once the pediatrician said, ‘She’s healthy, congratulations,’ that was quite the sigh of relief,” Keating said. One would expect the baby to be called Tess, if not Tesla, but they named the sweet baby girl Maeve. Keating Sherry tweeted the shocking incident, ‘My wife courageously delivered our baby girl, Maeve, in the front seat of our @Tesla model 3 en route to the hospital – here’s the story @PhillyInquirer! @elonmusk @Tesla. thx for the autopilot.’ This story comes as a breath of fresh air, for Tesla has received its fair share of criticism for its driver-assist tech.