Ambo delivers baby in four minutes at Aratula home

FAST DELIVERY: Advanced Care paramedic Chris Hopkins delivered baby Tyson Reiser, held by parents John and Kaylene at their Aratula home.
FAST DELIVERY: Advanced Care paramedic Chris Hopkins delivered baby Tyson Reiser, held by parents John and Kaylene at their Aratula home. Sarah Harvey

EVERY birthday 13-day-old Tyson Reiser has his parents will have a special story to remind them just how quickly life can take shape.

The early hours of March 31 proved eventful for the Reiser family and advanced care paramedic Chris Hopkins, who had only been accredited to work solo for a few months.

Yesterday, the Reiser family reunited with Mr Hopkins for the first time since he delivered Tyson.

As midnight approached, a heavily pregnant Kaylene Reiser felt her third child was ready to arrive at their Aratula home.

She called her husband John at 1am, who was in Chinchilla working as diesel fitter, to let him know the time had come.

Tyson was due on March 30, but held on for a couple of extra hours.

Mrs Reiser, in the company of her parents, phoned the Queensland Ambulance Service at 1.50am.

On call for the night, Mr Hopkins was asleep in his Kalbar home when the call came through.

"When I got the call I didn't know what it was. It was only in my way in I found out what we were going to," he said.

Mr Hopkins arrived at the Reiser family home in Aratula at 2.08am - and four minutes later Tyson was born. The arrival of a healthy baby boy was a relief for the Reiser's and Mr Hopkins.

Although he had delivered babies before, he said he sensed something different.

"We go to women in labour all the time, but for this one I knew it was a bit different," he said.

"We weren't going to get to the car, be loaded and get to the hospital in time."

Tyson and his mum were transported to Ipswich Hospital, arriving at 4am.

Mrs Hopkins said compared to her previous two births, Tyson's arrival was timely.

"It was quite good. It just went really quick," she said.

Mr Hopkins met with Mr Reiser at the hospital, and the former school friends had their first meeting in years.

The pair had gone to primary school and Boonah State High together, separated by only a year.

Mr Reiser said while he was working out west he was waiting on the phone call from his wife.

"I was a bit on edge. I thought something was going to happen," he said.

The Reiser's took the opportunity to thank their old mate for bringing young Tyson into the world.



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