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Christmas smiles from baby born in Tameside Hospital car park
Friday 4th January 2019 @ 15:06 by Tom Greggan
Ashton News Tameside

As you can see from this family photo Ritchie Campbell is a happy healthy boy who loves to chase his big sister Jasmine, play with his dog and splash everyone when he has a bath.

His grateful parents cherish their little boy because they know how close they came to losing him on the rainy night he was born just over a year ago in Tameside Hospital car park.

Mum Nicole had gone into labour and dad Alex knew he couldn’t wait for an ambulance and so rushed her to Tameside Hospital in their own car.

But she never quite made it to the maternity unit and when they reached the A&E car park the baby was on his way.

Alex asked a lady who was passing by near the A&E car park to stay with his wife while he ran into A&E and shouted for help.

IN SAFE HANDS: Hyder and Joanne with baby Richie a few months after his birth.

Luckily Dr Hyder Qureshi and nurse Joanne MaMahon sprung into action. They ran to help a “petrified” Nicole who was on the front passenger seat of the car with the door wide open.

Hyder made a quick examination and discovered the baby’s head was delivered.

Joanne held the baby’s head while Hyder removed the umbilical cord which was wrapped round the head not once, which is dangerous enough, but twice.

Within five minutes Ritchie was born. Hyder put the baby on his mum’s tummy but he didn’t cry and there were a few anxious moments while Hyder patted his back and rubbed him gently until he eventually cried.

Mum and baby were taken into the hospital’s Maternity Unit, examined and found to be none the worse for their ordeal.

In January last year the family, who live in Ashton, met up with Hyder and Joanne who they firmly believe saved not only their baby’s life but Nicole’s too – to thank them – following Ritchie’s dramatic birth in November 2017.

Now, another 12 months on and the family has enjoyed a happy Christmas and they want hospital staff – and Hyder and Joanne most of all – to see how much Ritchie has grown and how well he’s doing.

Alex says: “We can never thank enough the fantastic team at Tameside Hospital who helped us on a night when we needed them the most.

“Our much loved boy is doing so well. He took his first steps at ten months and although we are waiting for his first word I’m hoping it will be CITY!”

WATCH: Tameside Reporter’s video with the doctors and nurses that delivered baby Ritchie 12 months ago

Baby delivered in Tameside Hospital Car Park

WATCH: Special Delivery! Parents Alex and Nicole Campbell got quite the surprise in November when baby Richie couldn't wait to meet his big sister Jasmine.He was delivered, with the help of staff from Tameside Hospital, outside the A&E in rain and snow. Doctors had to act quickly as the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck twice.The Tameside Reporter were at the hospital today as the family were reunited with the staff that saved them on that fateful night.Read More:

Gepostet von Tameside Reporter am Donnerstag, 25. Januar 2018