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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Baby from Rush arrives in a hurry as mum gives birth on side of road

Paramedics Sharon Mooney and Darren Galvin with mother Caroline Worthington and her new baby
Paramedics Sharon Mooney and Darren Galvin with mother Caroline Worthington and her new baby

A team of paramedics helped deliver a baby boy at the side of the road after his mum went into labour early.

Caroline Worthington and her husband, Jamie, were making their way from their home in Rush, north Co Dublin, to the Rotunda Hospital in the north inner city when she realised she wasn't going to make it.

Brilliant

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-in-law, Denise, contacted paramedics in Swords, who were on the scene in minutes.

"The paramedic team were just brilliant, they came in the absolute nick of time and saved Jamie from what would have been a very nerve-racking experience," said Caroline.

"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 colleague Sharon Mooney and Defence Forces paramedic Darren Galvin, who is working with the NAS for a year.

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

Caroline and her new baby are doing well.

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