Birth drama at roadside
A three-day-old Kambalda boy is recovering well after being delivered and resuscitated by his father on the side of the road.
Kade Moorehead arrived in the world at just after 8pm on Wednesday not breathing and with the umbilical cord tangled around his neck.
His parents Scott and Bianca Moorehead were parked up in a lay-by midway between Kambalda and Kalgoorlie-Boulder with only a 000 operator on the phone to help them overcome every parent’s worst nightmare.
Mr Moorehead said the couple were on the way to the Kalgoorlie Health Campus from Kambalda on Wednesday night after his wife started having contractions.
He said as the contractions became heavier, his wife told him to pull over and as she sat in the passenger’s seat with her feet on the dashboard, a 000 operator guided them through the childbirth over the phone’s loudspeaker.
“There were three pushes; the first he crowned, the second push his head came out and third push he popped out and I had to catch him,” Mr Moorehead said.
“He had his umbilical cord around his neck, it wasn’t tight, though, but it was around. It was quite tangled so I had to do that and we noticed he wasn’t breathing.
“There was no movement, they asked me to look at his belly and he was just lifeless, he wasn’t moving at all.
“She (the operator) said we had to perform CPR. I was quite scared at this point.”
Mr Moorehead said his wife remained composed and in control throughout the delivery and instructed him to listen carefully to the operator as she talked him through the process.
“I only did about three rounds of CPR, breathing into his mouth and little tiny compressions on his chest,” he said.
“It felt like ages but it might have only been a couple of minutes, I’m not sure. After the last compression of his chest he started moving, his belly started moving and I could see him breathing.
“There were little noises here and there but he was pretty chilled out.
“Just the look my wife gave me, it
was like ‘good job’ and I was just so proud.”
After being cleaned up, Kade became even more responsive and with the umbilical cord still attached, he snuggled up to his mother’s chest as they waited 10 minutes for the ambulance to arrive.
Mrs Moorehead was taken away in the ambulance with Mr Moorehead following behind but when the ambulance pulled over on the outskirts of Kalgoorlie-Boulder his heart sank.
“I got a little fright, I obviously thought the worst,” Mr Moorehead said.
“The baby needed a feed and they needed to cut the umbilical cord.
“I asked if I could cut it and they said I had already done everything else so I might as well cut the cord.”
Mrs Moorehead said her husband “did a good job”.
Kade is happy and healthy and is expected to be on his way home today after undergoing routine tests and precautionary antibiotic treatments.
Bella, 6, Scott, Bianca and Tye, 9, with three-day-old Kade Moorehead.