Baby Iwan born in bridge drama
Published 07/01/2010 | 08:43
A woman gave birth to a son in the back of an ambulance forced to make an emergency stop on a toll bridge on New Year's Day.
Joanne Harvey, 35, and Chris Jones, 43, said they would have called the baby Bridget in memory of the location had it been a girl.
Both rejected the name Binary, suggested by a computer geek friend, in reference to the birth date, 01/01/10.
Iwan was born weighing a healthy 7lb 14oz on the Cleddau Bridge, West Wales, five minutes after the ambulance made its unscheduled stop.
But the bridge, which spans the River Cleddau between Neyland and Pembroke Dock, was later rejected as a location when the couple came to register the birth after it was not recognised by a computer.
"It was all a bit stressful but it turned out to be a great start to the new year," said Mr Jones, a civil servant, of Saunders Road, Sageston, near Tenby.
"The roads were really icy that day and when Jo went into labour the ambulance was there within seven minutes of the 9am call-out. It was terrific."
Halfway to Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest, the ambulance was forced to stop on the bridge when it became clear the baby was imminent.
"The paramedics said that it was their first call-out of the year and that it was a really nice start to 2010 for them," Mr Jones added.
"We were all at the hospital within 45 minutes of the call-out, that is how quickly everything happened."