Birth drama at road­side

Kalgoorlie Miner - - FRONT PAGE - Ja­son Men­nell

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.

Pic­ture: Tori O’Con­nor

Bella, 6, Scott, Bianca and Tye, 9, with three-day-old Kade Moore­head.

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