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Saturday 20 October 2018

Firemen help dad to deliver mini Cooper in back of pal's car

Baby Cooper Edmonds with mum Jessica and dad Darren – as well as members of the Dublin Fire Brigade
Baby Cooper Edmonds with mum Jessica and dad Darren – as well as members of the Dublin Fire Brigade

Baby Cooper Edmonds made his grand entrance into the world on the Anglesea Road in Dublin - with a little help from his dad and the Dublin Fire Brigade.

Mum Jessica and dad Darren Edmonds, from Sandyford, were en route to the Rotunda Hospital when, 15 minutes into the journey, Cooper decided to make an appearance.

Darren (29) said that Jessica (27) needed to go to the hospital so he rang his friend Matthew Devlin to pick them up.

Deliver

"We were en route when Jessica said, 'I'm not going to make it'. So I rang 112 and the guy on emergency services directed me on how to deliver the baby," he said.

"I had the shoulder and his head out up until the fire brigade showed up, and they came in and took over and made sure everything was OK.

"They saved the day and got us straight to hospital. It was brilliant. We got picked up at 10.30pm on Wednesday night and the baby was born at a quarter to 11."

Darren said that they had pulled in at the side of the road.

"There was a guy in his garden and he went into his neighbour's, who was a dentist, and he came out and he assisted us as well," he said.

Three people from that road came out and assisted us until the fire brigade arrived, so it was a very big community thing. It was brilliant."

Darren added that despite the drama, he wasn't in a state of shock and was very calm.

"Me and my wife were in the back. Two firemen were in the back and the dentist was also in the back.

"The guy who owns the car said he didn't think you could fit that many people into the back of the car," he said.

They then transferred out of the car into the ambulance.

It is a second child for the couple. Their other son, Riley, is two-and-a-half - and he was born in two-and-a-half hours.

"They always say the second one is quicker, but we weren't expecting it to be that quick," Darren added.

Meanwhile, Jessica told the Herald: "We were just lucky to have the people around us that we had on Anglesea Road."

She said that the family will go to visit the firefighters and the advanced paramedic from Donnybrook who assisted them.

Reaction

Cooper was born weighing 7lb 11oz. "He is actually two weeks early," she added.

The couple are looking forward to introducing Riley to his brother.

The picture of the happy family that was uploaded by the Dublin Fire Brigade got a big reaction on social media. Many loved Darren's T-shirt.

"He is a huge Star Wars fan and he saved it for the day, the one that says 'I am your father'," Jessica said, laughing.

Little Cooper has now been given a second name, Matthew, in honour of the car's driver.

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