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Thursday 24 August 2017

Thanks on the double for twins' life-saving team

Grainne Cunningham

DELIVERING babies at short notice is all in a day's work for firemen. But twins showing up three months early was trouble on the double for a team from the Dublin Fire Brigade.

Mum Miriam Gillick and her husband, Andrew, presented the team of firefighters with a special plaque yesterday acknowledging their work in saving the lives of their twin sons Ben and John.

The two bundles of joy caused a major alert last April 23 when they decided it was time to see the world, even though Miriam was just 25-weeks pregnant and at home alone.

Miriam's emergency call was answered by Phibsboro Fire Station and two ambulances, a fire truck and an advanced paramedic car raced to the Gillick home in Chapelizod.

Successful

By the time they arrived, Ben had already been delivered and was rushed away in one ambulance to the Coombe Hospital.

Garry Hayden, from Swords Fire Station, remembers Miriam being very calm throughout. "She did all the work," he said.

The firefighters decided that they should try and get her to hospital before the second twin was born and they were successful.

"Then it was back to the station for a cup of tea . . . we have all delivered babies but most of the time it is just a case of catching them on the way out."

Paul Creevey of Dolphin's Barn Fire Station said that he and other firefighters were trained as advanced paramedics so they could ensure the baby was breathing properly and its heart beating as normal.

Miriam said yesterday she just wanted to thank the firefighters and the neo-natal team at the Coombe for helping to ensure her boys arrived safe and well.

"Without their help, they would not be here today, being born at 25 weeks and at home. I just want to say a big, big thank you to them," she said.

The boys spent several months in the Coombe but looked the picture of good health yesterday as they posed for photographs with the fire brigade team who helped deliver them.

Irish Independent

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