Double-delight for Donna as twins born both sides of the Border
NEAS crew helps with delivery in England and Scotland.
A mother from Northumberland gave birth to twins less than two
hours apart in two different countries.
Donna Keenan, 28, gave birth to Dylan Joseph at
about 10:00pm on 1 July in the living room of her house in
After being taken 40 miles by NEAS to Borders General
Hospital in Melrose, Scotland, Hannah Rose was born at 11:39pm.
Donna and boyfriend, Joe Fox, 24, were watching the final
of Euro 2012 when she went into labour.
She said she had just returned home from the hospital after a
"I'd only been home for about an hour and a half and my water
broke. My contractions started coming rather quickly.
Dylan was born almost two hours earlier than sister Hannah "We
had to ring a paramedic because we weren't going to make it to the
NEAS's Alan Stewart was first on the scene, followed by Bryan
Hesp and Tim McDonald. They asked Miss Keenan to lie on the
living room floor because the first of the two babies was about to
The mother-of-three said: "It was quite scary because we didn't
know what was going to happen. The next thing I was on the floor
and he was born at 10 o'clock."
Tim (Pictured), Bryan and Alan decided they had enough time to
take Miss Keenan to the nearest hospital in Melrose for her to give
birth to the second baby.
She said: "The hospital is about an hour away from Wooler and
they kept saying to me 'don't push!'"
Meanwhile, Mr Fox and his mother had to keep newborn baby Dylan
warm as they travelled in a second ambulance to the same
He said he had had a premonition that Miss Keenan might give
birth earlier in the day.
He said: "It was my own fault, I joked that morning that Donna
wasn't allowed to go into labour while the final was on."
Tim said: "It was great to meet up with Donna and Joe again, and
see the twins. It was a nice job to do, and they'll certainly have
an interesting story to tell when they are older!"