1:45pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013
A CAERPHILLY woman, who had to deliver a neighbour’s baby in her own toilet, has put her heroics down to a television series.
Fay Ford, a 50-year-old housewife from Heol Berllan in Pontypandy, accompanied her neighbour Tracy Grovell to the toilet after the 32-year-old had complained of stomach pains.
Ms Grovell’s waters had broken earlier on Saturday, September 21, and they were on their way to the car to go to the hospital when she said she needed the toilet.
Mrs Ford, who has five children of her own, said: “I could hear her calling me from the toilet so I went in.
“I couldn’t stop shaking, but I knew what to do because I watch One Born Every Minute and other health programmes like that.
“The cord was around the baby’s neck as it came out, so I was a bit worried. I didn’t want her to panic and to get scared because it all happened so fast.
“I shouted at my daughter to get the gloves and loads of towels. The baby was coming out upside down so I held the head but saw the cord was around her neck.
“Everything escalated so fast, but a lot of it was common sense. I had to make sure the baby was safe, and it was a big relief when she was.”
Mrs Ford said it took an hour and a half for the ambulance to get there, following the birth of baby Sara a minute after midnight, weighing 8lbs 11oz.
She added: “I don’t know why it took so long – they told us that they could only send a small ambulance car from Pontypool over.”
Mrs Ford also played down her new-found fame after receiving many comments on Facebook. “It has been mad, to be honest. It’s a bit surreal to think I’d done it but I didn’t have a choice.”
Ms Grovell, who has a six-year-old daughter called Leah, said: “It is a bit of a blur, I was just in pain. I don’t know what I would have done without her (Mrs Ford). If it wasn’t for her I don’t think I could have coped.
A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The nearest available resource – a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle – was sent to the property, where mother and baby were given care.
“At the time of the incident, the service was experiencing a high number of calls and handover delays at hospitals across the region, which reduced the availability of our crews and vehicles to attend incidents. We invite the patient to contact us to discuss the case should she wish.”
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