Wednesday 21 August 2019

'He was like an angel' - Garda goes beyond call of duty and helps deliver baby at house

Baby Ryan Shane pictured with Detective Garda Shane Elliffe, his parents Andrea and Nadia and brother Alessio. Photo: Pat Moore
Baby Ryan Shane pictured with Detective Garda Shane Elliffe, his parents Andrea and Nadia and brother Alessio. Photo: Pat Moore

Dean Gray

A detective went beyond the call of duty when he helped deliver a newborn baby.

Detective Garda Shane Elliffe was carrying out a search at a property in the New Building Lane area of Kilkenny city last Friday when expectant father Andrea Merli ran up to him asking for help.

He was desperately trying to hail a taxi to take his wife Nadia, who was in the advanced stages of labour, to hospital.

Det Elliffe sprang into action, helping deliver the baby boy and tying the umbilical cord while waiting for emergency services to arrive.

An emotional Mr Merli said: "He was like an angel. I was a bit shocked and scared when I came back and Nadia was on the stairs and the baby was arriving.

"The garda helped with the delivery and looked after the baby. We have decided to call our son Ryan Shane after him. He is a great guy."

Mother and son are doing well and returned home from hospital on Monday. The couple, who are originally from Rome, moved to Kilkenny in 2015 and have two other children, Beatrice (5) and Alessio (3).

Irish Independent

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