A BABY boy who was minutes from death after being born in a car has been reunited with the paramedics who saved his life.
Sarah Porter, 31, went into labour 10 days early but gave birth to baby Rory Jack in the front seat of her father’s car just 200 metres from Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Sister Rachel raced into A&E and pleaded for help –with three paramedics rushing out to find Rory motionless, not breathing and with the umbilical cord wrapped twice around his neck.
Fearing Sarah might haemorrhage if they moved her, one of the heroes tried to revive Rory as the others amazingly drove the car the rest of the way to the maternity unit.
Rory took his first breaths and finally began to cry as the car pulled up to the unit.
Sarah said: “It’s all a bit of a blur but I’m just so grateful they were there.”
Sarah, a PE teacher at St Mary’s Catholic College, today relived Rory’s dramatic entrance.
She said: “I was quite calm but as soon as my waters broke I needed to push, I knew he was coming.
“We got to the roundabout at Newton Drive and he just arrived.”
After sister Rachel ran into A&E, Brent Kenny and Rick Devlin, already at the end of a 12-hour shift, and student paramedic Kurt Katzmann, had to think fast to save Sarah and the baby without any medical equipment.
Brent, a paramedic for seven years, said: “He was motionless, lifeless, his cord was looped twice around his neck.
“It’s horrible to explain because it was so upsetting ... it looked like he had died.
“She was just saying ‘please, please’.”
Kurt reassured Sarah as Rick and Brent made the crucial decision to not move her from the car but to drive it 800m round to the maternity unit, with Rick, Brent, Sarah and Rory all in the front seats.
Rick drove as Brent, who is 6ft 6ins, got in beside Sarah to tend to Rory.
Rick, an emergency medical technician for 11 years, said: “Brent squashed into the front of the car while still giving mouth to mouth and CPR, while I sat on the edge of the seat but still able to drive.
“We were unable to shut the passenger door so Kurt ran holding onto it making sure no-one fell out.”
They managed to unwrap the cord strangling Rory who finally took his first breath as the car arrived at the entrance to the maternity unit.
Only then did Sarah find out she had had a little boy.
Now the paramedics have been to visit Rory, at home healthy and happy with Sarah and dad Neil, who was 15,000 miles away working in Melbourne, Australia when the drama unfolded!
Brent said: “It was one of the most dramatic jobs we’ve had but with the best possible outcome. Babies are just so precious and wonderful.”
Sarah, and Neil, 28, are now enjoying having Rory at their home on Blackpool Old Road, Poulton.
Neil, a construction engineer, arrived home in time for Rory being discharged from hospital.
Rory stayed in neo-natal care for two weeks after his birth date, February 21.
His exact time of birth remains unsure.