Parents thank emergency services who helped their baby take his first breath

Dan Saunders (Acting LOM), Helen Gazeley (mother), Simon Riches (father), Eloise Murphy (paramedic

Dan Saunders (Acting LOM), Helen Gazeley (mother), Simon Riches (father), Eloise Murphy (paramedic holding baby Charlie), Jenny Burgin (NQP), Stephen Wootley (Technician). - Credit: Archant

The parents of a newborn boy from Kimbolton who wasn’t breathing at birth have thanked the emergency services for coming to the rescue.

During the early hours of the morning on June 4, the East of England Ambulance Service received an emergency call from a midwife who had delivered a baby boy at a home in Kimbolton.

The baby, who had just been born, had not taken any breaths.

Emergency crews were immediately dispatched, including a double staffed ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, an operations manager as well as support from the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Thirty minutes from when the initial emergency call was made, the East of England Ambulance Service's operations manager was able to update control to let them know that the newborn baby had taken his first breaths and was doing well.


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On June 12, parents Helen Gazeley and Simon Riches were finally able to thank the ambulance staff who responded that evening, along with their son Charlie.

Paramedic Eloise Murphy who was keen to meet with Charlie and his parents said: "It was an absolute pleasure to be able to meet with the family and hold baby Charlie."

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New mum Helen said: "Words can't describe the appreciation we have for the amazing team who helped us on the night of June 4. We will be forever grateful. They kept us calm and reassured throughout a very scary experience. The professionalism and dedication of the whole team was brilliant, alongside some well-needed humour."

The team effort from the call handler and dispatcher to the crews that went out to baby Charlie all played an important role that allowed for a happy ending.

The incident was also caught on camera by a film crew for an upcoming series of Emergency Helicopter Heroes, which will be aired before Christmas.

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