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Baby proves impatient get start on life

Volunteer firefighters and paramedics put their skills to practice on the road Friday when they discovered a baby wasn’t going to wait to get to hospital to be born.

The roadside delivery happened shortly after 2:30 p.m. when Lantzville volunteer firefighters raced to a vehicle pulled over off the southbound lanes of the Island Highway near the Lantzville Road intersection where a woman was about to give birth.

Tom Whipps, Lantzville Volunteer Fire Department chief, said the woman was transferred to an ambulance at the scene and the father was told to go ahead and meet them at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

“They no sooner said that and off he goes, than the baby changed its mind and it’s not waiting, so the little one was delivered right there in the ambulance,” Whipps said. “So, sadly, Dad missed the event. We sent him on his way, planning on maybe passing him, but not so.”

Firefighters assisted paramedics in the ambulance and directed traffic around the vehicle during the delivery.

The child was successfully delivered in the ambulance and mother and child were both came through the ordeal fine, Whipps said.

“They’re always exciting events and you never know what the outcome is going to be,” Whipps said. “The outcome here was favourable.”

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