Roadside birth drama has happy ending
A father was forced to give CPR to his lifeless son minutes after the boy was born on the side of the road between Kambalda and Kalgoorlie.
Kade Moorehead was born about 8pm on Wednesday but was not breathing and had the umbilical cord tangled around his neck.
With a triple-zero operator providing instructions, Kade’s father Scott did three rounds of CPR — breathing into his mouth and giving him little tiny compressions on his chest — before he started breathing on his own accord.
Mr Moorhead said he and his wife Bianca were on their way to the Kalgoorlie Health Campus from Kambalda after she 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 triplezeo operator guided them through the birth 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 Moorhead 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.
“We only had to do 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.”
Kade became responsive.
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 Moorhead said 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. cleaned up, even more her
Scott and Bianca Moorehead with their children Bella, 6, three-day-old Kade and Tye, 9.