Two support workers from a family hostel run by Cadwyn Housing Association in Cardiff have been hailed as heroes by a new mum after they delivered and saved the life of her newborn daughter.
Support Workers Luke Molino and Sian Tyrrell immediately called for an ambulance when resident, Jennifer suddenly went into labour. But it seemed that baby Jessica couldn’t wait for the ambulance to arrive before making her appearance into the world.
“It quickly became apparent that the baby was coming and we were going to have to deliver her ourselves,” said Luke. “The 999 operator was brilliant and talked us through what to do, but I think even she was surprised by what happened next.”
Baby Jessica was born still inside her amniotic sac – a rare situation occurring in only 1 in 80,000 births.
Luke explained: “After delivering the baby and then freeing her from her amniotic sac, we discovered that she wasn’t breathing. With guidance from the 999 operator, I had to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on Jessica and after about five minutes I managed to get her breathing.”
Mother and baby were immediately taken to hospital where they were checked over and given a clean bill of health by medical experts.
Back at the hostel, new mum Jennifer was full of praise for Luke and Sian. “They were amazing” she said. “They reacted straight away and without them I don’t know if my daughter would be alive. Luke has given Jessica her first breath and I cannot thank them both enough – they are heroes.”
Chris O’Meara, Chief Executive of Cadwyn Housing Association who manage the hostel said: “We are all totally in awe of what Luke and Sian achieved in delivering a healthy baby in difficult circumstances. It certainly isn’t in their job description! Our congratulations go to them, the parents and baby Jessica from all at Cadwyn”.