Paramedics save 27-week old baby born without heartbeat
Mum Amy praises NEAS
When pains woke pregnant Amy O'Riordan during the night she
had no idea about the drama that was about to unfold.
Amy, from Middlesbrough, hadn't been feeling well when
she suddenly woke in the middle of the night feeling a
need to push just 27-weeks into her pregnancy.
Amy said: "I couldn't believe that I felt the need to push and
ended up delivering Jessie so fast. Me and my partner Mark were in
shock but he called 999 for help.
"The call handler was amazing and advised Mark what to do. They
advised him to open the sack but he was in such shock that I did
this, then got Jess and started giving her mouth to mouth. I don't
know how I knew what to do."
The rapid response paramedic team leader Colin Gibson from
Redcar Station arrived at the house very quickly and was surprised
at what he saw. "I saw a young girl with this tiny baby in her
hands, she handed me the baby and said 'please save her', and my
Colin began chest compressions and gave tiny Jessie some oxygen.
Then the ambulance crew arrived with paramedics Michelle Trafford
and Alan Barnby also from Redcar Station. Colin had brought in his
maternity kit and immediately asked Michelle to cut Jess's
Michelle and Colin looked after Jess and Alan saw to Amy making
sure she was fit enough to go in the ambulance and pre-altered the
A&E department at James Cook Hospital.
The entire time baby Jess was making more tiny breaths. Colin
said: "We got Amy on the stretcher and placed Jess on her tummy for
warmth and so Michelle and I could keep giving compressions and
They got Jess into A&E where a team were waiting for their
arrival. Amy said: "Just as we arrived at the hospital Jess gave
out a tiny whimper, it was looking more positive. I was just so
grateful to the amazing paramedics; they saved my baby daughters
Michelle said: "It was so emotional as we didn't know whether
Jess would survive after all our efforts to save her but we were so
pleased when we handed her over to the staff on A&E and she was
improving all the time. We were so concerned and desperate to know
how Jess was.
"We have met Jess and Amy again four weeks on and I am
astounded, they both look so well. Amy was so calm when we got to
her house that cold winter morning, she was brilliant."