Medics de­liver baby in cy­clone

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

FOR two Can­non­vale based paramedics, it was the ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time this morn­ing as they helped de­liver a baby girl in the midst of Cy­clone Deb­bie.

Grad­u­ate Para­medic Pamela Price and Ad­vanced Care Para­medic Peter Glee­son got the call just af­ter mid­night.

“We had just, af­ter be­ing in lock­down, we’d just been re­leased. We got the call,” Ms Price said.

“It was very dark, there were trees every­where, pow­er­lines down and we got to the house and it was all dark. It was quite im­ped­ing for us.

“The mother did an amaz­ing job de­liv­er­ing the baby her­self. We just as­sisted. It was won­der­ful team work to­gether. It was a beau­ti­ful ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause nor­mally an am­bu­lance per­son will take a baby quickly and im­mi­nently or drop it to the hospi­tal. This time we had the whole ex­pe­ri­ence, four hours, it was the most beau­ti­ful ex­pe­ri­ence that you could have.”

Baby Bil­liana was de­liv­ered at 4.20am this morn­ing at the Whit­sun­day Am­bu­lance Sta­tion by mum Suzanne with the sup­port of dad Tim and as­sis­tance from Ms Price, Mr Glee­son, Crit­i­cal Care Para­medic An­thony Fletcher, Doc­tor Melissa McCann and mid­wife Demelza Grif­fin.

Bil­liana was later able to be re­leased into the care of her par­ents and taken home.

“As far we know, she is very healthy. The baby was fan­tas­tic. Ev­ery­thing went ex­actly ac­cord­ing to plan and how it should have. The baby is just beau­ti­ful,” Mr Glee­son said.

PHOTO: DANE LILLINGSTONE

AMAZ­ING: Grad­u­ate Para­medic Pamela Price and Ad­vanced Care Para­medic Peter Glee­son have got the story of a life­time.

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