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early arrival Parents overjoyed after baby born in surprise delivery at petrol station in Kildare

Little Ellie arrived after her mother Naomi suddenly went into labour as they were pulled up at the station last night.


This is the little baby girl who was born at a Applegreen Service Station in Co Kildare last night.

Little Ellie arrived after her mother Naomi suddenly went into labour as they were pulled up at the station in Caragh.

Dad John recalled how the “emergency services, down the line, started giving me advice on what to do next. But by time Richard (ambulance staff) got to us it was pretty much go time.

“So, we were told to get the towels and the laces out of the shoes just in the event that Ellie did come before I had any help," he told RTÉ.

Richard Quinlan, who works in the National Ambulance Service Ireland as Chief Ambulance Officer, North Leinster, said he was on the main M7 when the National Emergency Operations Centre called, “and advised me that there was a call in the Applegreen in Caragh and would I respond.

“So I responded immediately with the emergency lights and the sirens and I headed to the scene. This is just after 6pm.

“She was born approximately 10 to 15 minutes at the most after I arrived,” he added. “In fairness to John he was there assisting Naomi as best he could and once the second officer arrived it was very imminent that the baby was coming.

“We had plenty of hands on at that stage to deal with any potential …We did have a full resuscitation kit and we have all the equipment except we didn't have a warm ambulance and that was the biggest concern at the time because it was cold and wet.

Ellie was then born “with all bells and whistles”, added John. “The ambulance team that arrived took her to assess her and get her into the warm ambulance just to make sure she was okay.

“So, we had two teams working with me, the ambulance I went with, from Edenderry, and then Richard and the other lady who came. They were just assessing Naomi and making sure she was okay to transfer. There was just a few minutes of that, making sure everybody was okay to go.

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“Everyone is doing brilliantly,” he added. “The Coombe is an absolute fantastic place and all the guys in there are real, real professional. They are looking after Ellie and Naomi very well.”

John added: “I got in for about half an hour last night, maybe more, (to see them) and it was literally so I could have a look at Ellie and have a look in at Naomi.

“And when she was moved from the delivery suite to the ward that's when we parted ways. It was kind of upsetting but we've got to keep our frontline staff safe. It's a difficult time for them at the moment.

“I really appreciate it, Richard, he added, “you made everybody at ease last night.”

The National Ambulance Service tweeted: “This is Baby Ellie! Huge congratulations Mum & Dad! Chief Ambulance Officer @RQuinlan999 & @JanetteOman had the privilege of assisting Mum yesterday evening. #Edenderry Ambulance Crew (1 on his 1st day in the job) then transported all safely to the @CoombeHospital.”

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