Neighbours to the rescue in baby drama

Published: March 1, 2007 | 5654th good news item since 2003

Neighbors can usually be relied upon for sugar, tea bags and the odd friendly word. But in Great Cornard, near Sudbury, they went a lot further – and ended up helping delivering a neighbour’s baby.

Kay Kellaway went into labour on Thursday, but her partner Chris Starkey was told by the delivery team at West Suffolk Hospital to wait a little longer before taking her in.

But while Mr Starkey, 58, popped out to get the necessary supplies for the imminent arrival, 40-year-old Kay’s labour advanced rapidly.

Her waters broke and the baby’s head emerged while she was in the bathroom.

She called her Minsmere Way neighbours Ann Ross and Tina Whiting for help and they rushed to her aid.

Without time to take Kay to hospital, they found themselves delivering the baby themselves, with Ann being talked through the drama by paramedics who were en route to the delivery.

Albert James was born just minutes later.

At first there were fears for the baby boy’s wellbeing because he arrived with his umbilical cord caught around his neck and turned blue.

But, with the calming advice of paramedics over the telephone, the two neighbours managed to free the 8lb 6oz baby and he turned a healthy pink and began to cough and cry.

Describing the delivery, Ann said: “Her waters had broken and the baby’s head was coming out. From then on it was all panic as the baby’s cord was stuck.

“We rang the ambulance and they told me what to do over the telephone. It seemed like it was going on for hours but it was actually minutes.”

Chris arrived home mid-delivery. He said: “When I got back it was all in full swing. He had gone blue with the cord around his neck. Then he coughed, went pink and started screaming. The paramedics and midwives were excellent but so were our neighbours.”

Now a mother-of-two, Kay spoke of her immense gratitude to her neighbours.

She added: “I went to the toilet and my waters broke. I never event got to the front room. After that, I don’t really remember much – it was all a blur. But we are alright now.”

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