New dad is finally in the driving seat

THE day you take your driving test can be nerve wracking enough but imagine running from hospital minutes after your first son is born and jumping behind the wheel.

Will Clarke

THE day you take your driving test can be nerve wracking enough but imagine running from hospital minutes after your first son is born and jumping behind the wheel.

That is exactly what Michael Block from Cockfield near Sudbury managed and while he is pleased he passed his test - he is delighted son Jack is fit and well.

The 26-year-old factory worker had hoped to pass his test before partner Jess Harrington, 20, went into labour.

But unfortunately little Jack Anthony Block had other ideas and was two weeks early.

The birth went well and it was only moments after holding his son for the first time that he then ran for the waiting car - he was determined to drive his new family home himself from the West Suffolk Hospital maternity unit in Bury St Edmunds.

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“Jess went into hospital at about 8.50am on Thursday and I had the test at 9.37am,” said the proud dad. “I had wanted to take her to hospital and home again but at least I am going to be able to take them both home.

“I had quick cuddle before handing him back to the midwives to be cleaned up. It helped me in my test because I didn't care if I failed or not.

“I was calm and I wasn't nervous - Jack was a real inspiration. It was definitely the best day of my life - it was as perfect as it was brilliant.”

Stuart Poole, his driving instructor, said it was touch and go whether the new dad was going to make the test booking at 9.37am but then he got an excited call to collect him at the hospital.

He said: “When Jack came running out of the hospital he was still wearing a blue hospital gown and he was shouting 'it's a boy, it's a boy'.”

“We had to rush to the test centre and he was still in his blue overalls. He was on such a high I am amazed he remained calm enough and concentrated enough to pass.

“It was superb and I am so pleased for the whole family he passed and the baby is healthy.”

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