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Friday 24 November 2017

Help at hand as city stops for baby girl in a hurry

Edel Kennedy

THEY had just 30km to travel but little Isabel O'Toole decided she couldn't wait that long.

Paul and Terri O'Toole weren't expecting their second child to put in such an early, or sudden, appearance.

But thanks to a taxi driver, a passing student midwife, and a kindly apartment resident, the little girl arrived safely into the world on the side of the road on Thursday morning, two full weeks before her delivery due date.

Paul said he was woken by his wife at their home in Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow, at 6.15am on Thursday.

They left 15 minutes later after Mr O'Toole's brother arrived to take care of their son George, who is 21 months old.

But despite rushing they didn't make it on time to the National Maternity Hospital on Holles St, Dublin.

"We were in Ballsbridge when Terri said she thought the baby was going to come," said Paul yesterday.

"When we got to Morehampton Road, she wouldn't let me go any further and ordered me to stop the car.

"I had to go around the other side and help as much as possible."

But passing taxi driver Tom Delaney noticed the couple in distress and called the emergency services.

"In fairness, I didn't do much," he said. "She was doing all the work but her husband was brilliant."

Paul helped deliver a healthy 7lb 4oz girl.

Luckily, a student midwife, Helen Martin, who was passing on her way to work was able to ensure that the baby's airways were clear while they waited for the ambulance to arrive.

Yesterday Paul called 'The Gerry Ryan Show' in order to say thanks to Ms Martin, Mr Delaney, and a young woman who came out of a nearby apartment block to give them towels for Isabel.

"We were very lucky to have such kind people passing by at that very moment."

Irish Independent

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