Born in the back of an am­bu­lance

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Bar­bara Lynch

BABY Daniel wanted to make a stun­ning en­try into the world and de­cided the back of an am­bu­lance was the place to do it.

Mum Kylie Haines started hav­ing con­trac­tions around 1pm on Thurs­day and called the am­bu­lance as they in­ten­si­fied.

‘‘ I was the only one at home be­cause my mum had gone to work and I was start­ing to get wor­ried about be­ing by my­self,’’ Ms Haines said.

Her

two-and-a-half-year-old son Matthew was also with her.

Ad­vanced care paramedics Peter Aworth and Frances O’Meara ar­rived around 4.20pm when Ms Haines’ con­trac­tions were three min­utes apart. They had trav­elled about six or seven kilo­me­tres from Ms Haines’ Black River home be­fore Daniel was ready to make an ap­pear­ance.

‘‘ It was pretty quick. It was an ex­plo­sion s ort of birt h, ’ ’ Mr Aworth said.

Matthew was happy to play with his toys in the am­bu­lance, obliv­i­ous to what was hap­pen­ing with his mum.

‘‘ I didn’t know I’d be de­liv­er­ing in the am­bu­lance. I just wanted to get him out and to the hos­pi­tal. It’s a rough old ride in the back of an am­bu­lance,’’ the 22-year-old sin­gle mum said.

Both mum and bub were do­ing well and they hoped to be dis­charged from Townsville Hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day.

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