Monday 19 February 2018

'Paramedics came in the absolute nick of time' - Mother's joy after giving birth in car at the side of the road

Caroline Worthington and her husband Jamie are both deaf so they couldn't follow instructions on the phone

Paramedics Sharon Mooney and Darren Galvin (Defence Forces) with mother Caroline Worthington and newborn baby Faolán
Paramedics Sharon Mooney and Darren Galvin (Defence Forces) with mother Caroline Worthington and newborn baby Faolán
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A combined group of paramedics have told how they helped deliver a baby boy in a car at the side of the road this morning after his mother went into early labour.

New mother Caroline Worthington and her husband Jamie were making their way from their home in Rush, North Dublin to the Rotunda hospital in the North Inner city when she realised she wasn't going to make it.

The couple, who are both deaf, pulled their Ford Mondeo over at Blake's Cross and Caroline started to give birth to their second child.

Meanwhile her sister Denise contacted the paramedics in Swords who were on the scene in minutes.

Ms Worthington explained: "The paramedic team were just brilliant, they came in the absolute nick of time and saved Jamie (my husband) from what would have been a very nerve wracking experience.

"We're both deaf, and wouldn't be able to follow medical instructions over the phone. While driving we were relying on my sister-in-law, Denise Worthington, to make the call to the ambulance for us while she tried to keep me calm on a video call."

Advanced paramedic Willie Howard, of the National Ambulance Service (NAS) in Swords, said they originally got the call to travel to a home but were then redirected to the car pulled in at the side of the road.

Mr Howard was joined in the ambulance by fellow paramedic Sharon Mooney and Darren Galvin, a paramedic from the Defence Forces who is working with the NAS for a year.

Ms Mooney said: "We got the call and we were there in three minutes, he wasn't waiting for us, he was coming out."

Mr Howard explained that they arrived at approximately 8.40am and by that stage "the head had presented".

"We assisted the mother to deliver the baby in the car. We then moved her to the ambulance and brought the mother and son to the Rotunda Hospital."

The paramedics explained that baby Faolán was 6lbs 14oz.

"There were no complications, it was a nice healthy pink baby boy," said Ms Mooney.

The mother and son are now doing well and the paramedic crew, who started at 7am this morning, were back on their shift shortly after.

Ms Worthington said: "Thankfully all is well due to the fantastic team of support we had."

The crew admit that they are not fazed by the unusual delivery. Mr Howard and Ms Mooney have over 40 pre-hospital deliveries between them.

"We do it all the time," said Ms Mooney. "It wouldn't be unusual. We do it in the house and the ambulance. It is less frequent that we deliver a baby in a car."

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