SPECIAL MOMENT: Paramedic Kendall Cox with baby Lexie and her mum Melissa Wilkins at the Howard ambulance station.
SPECIAL MOMENT: Paramedic Kendall Cox with baby Lexie and her mum Melissa Wilkins at the Howard ambulance station. Alistair Brightman

Mum thanks ambos after roadside delivery

DUNDOWRAN Beach mother Melissa Wilkins has thanked the paramedics who delivered her baby unexpectedly on the side of a road, just over a month ago.

After being sent home from Hervey Bay hospital twice with weakening contractions, Ms Wilkins was about to sit down for dinner with her family when her waters broke.

Within the 10 minutes between calling the ambulance and its arrival, Ms Wilkins had already gone into full labour. Paramedic Kendall Cox and ambulance driver Paul Macaulay were in the middle of the "worst fortnight of jobs", receiving 25 callouts in eight days, when they were called to attend to Ms Wilkins.

"After attending to burns victims and other jobs like that, this job was so exhilarating," Mr Cox said.

On the way to hospital, it was discovered that the umbilical cord was wrapped around baby Lexie's neck and shoulders. The ambulance pulled over to the side of Ansons Rd in Dundowran Beach so the bay could be freed and delivered safely.

Mr Cox said the drama was not over once Lexie was born.

"Lexie didn't breathe straight away, it took her about 20 seconds," he said.

"But we warmed her up, blew on her face and stimulated her a bit and she let out a small cry."

Mr Cox has been working in the Ambulance Service for 22 years and has delivered 16 babies on duty, plus his own son in the back seat of a car, but said it wasn't every day that babies were born in the back of the ambulance.

"It's quite uncommon to deliver a baby on duty; some paramedics who have been working longer than I have haven't delivered any babies at all."

Ms Wilkins wanted to thank the paramedics.

"What they did was so amazing and I don't think they get enough recognition for their service," Ms Wilkins said.



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