Monday 9 December 2019

Baby born after mother crashes at roundabout

Eamon and Mai Doyle pictured at the roundabout in Kilkenny where they helped deliver a baby. Picture: Dylan Vaughan
Eamon and Mai Doyle pictured at the roundabout in Kilkenny where they helped deliver a baby. Picture: Dylan Vaughan

Sarah Slater

DOCTORS said a baby girl is lucky to be alive after she was delivered on the side of a road in Kilkenny.

The girl's mother went into labour as she was on the way to the hospital.

The incident happened on Wednesday night in what were described as very foggy and cold conditions, with the temperatures below freezing.

The woman, a mother of three, was driving from Carlow to St Luke's hospital in Kilkenny after 7.30pm when she went into labour and crashed into a roundabout.

A number of passers-by stopped, including Eamonn and Mae Doyle from Kilkenny city.

Mae made her way over to the car where she found the driver's door was open and the woman lying back across the passenger seat.

She told Mrs Doyle: "Get ready to catch my baby."

The local woman put out her hands and says the baby popped into her arms, crying out loud.

She told the woman the baby was fine, that it was a girl and that everything would be OK.

They managed to find a blanket and wrapped the baby as best they could.

The umbilical cord was still attached as they waited for an ambulance.

Eamonn Doyle had phoned an ambulance, which they say came nearly 20 minutes after the initial call. The ambulance crew took the woman and the baby to hospital.

The little girl suffered mild hypothermia but is safe and well in St Luke's in Kilkenny.

Her mother is said to be very grateful for those that helped deliver her seven-pound little girl, who has not yet been named.

Irish Independent

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