Tuesday 19 June 2018

Dentist turns midwife to deliver his son by roadside

David Murnaghan with wife Carol, children Emma and Niamh and new arrival Darragh. Photo: Seamus Farrelly
David Murnaghan with wife Carol, children Emma and Niamh and new arrival Darragh. Photo: Seamus Farrelly

Louise Walsh

A Meath dentist turned midwife on the side of the busy N2 when he delivered his son.

David Murnaghan and his wife Carol, from Kentstown, were forced to take the unscheduled stop last Saturday morning when his fourth child decided he wouldn't wait until the hospital to be born.

It was a real family affair as David was guided through the last stages of the birth by his sister Mary Murnaghan, a consultant gynaecologist at the Royal Hospital, Belfast, by phone.

"Just after Balrath Cross on the N2, Carol started shouting from the back seat to stop but I said not to worry, just hold on," said David. "But she told me the baby's head was crowned so I pulled over in the dark and the lashings of rain and rang my sister Mary straight away."

Darragh, who was named after the ambulance controller who also helped the family, is now back home.

Irish Independent

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