Exclusive: Baby born in Leeds hospital car park

NEW ARRIVAL: Dean and Ania with their baby girl. PIC: Steve Riding
NEW ARRIVAL: Dean and Ania with their baby girl. PIC: Steve Riding
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A DAD delivered his new baby daughter in a car park after he and his wife were turned away from Leeds General Infirmary.

Dean Martin, 39, found himself delivering the baby girl in the car park at St James’s Hospital.

He and wife Ania – who already have a two-year-old son, Jan – had already been to Leeds General Infirmary earlier in the day when Mrs Martin’s contractions started, but were sent home and told to return after a few hours. But when they did return, they were told the maternity ward was closed to new admissions and sent on to St James’s Hospital.

Dental technician Mr Martin had never been to Jimmy’s before and struggled to find it. And by the time he finally got there, the baby was already well on the way.

Mr Martin was then given step by step instructions on the phone by 999 staff, before a passing medic spotted the car park drama and helped complete the delivery.

A healthy baby girl – weighing 6lb 11oz – was born, and both mum and baby are now at home doing well following Wednesday’s events.

Mr Martin said: “It had taken me 45 minutes to get to the hospital but then everything happened so quickly. My wife was in the car and then, in 15 minutes, the baby was out. My wife’s head was hanging outside the car and her legs were over the child seat.

“We will certainly tease the baby about how she came into the world when she grows up, And we have been joking we are going to call her Silver Volvo Estate Martin!”

A spokesman for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: “The maternity unit apologises to Mrs Martin for being unable to deliver her baby at the Leeds General Infirmary site.

“We made provision for her at St James’s and we thought she would get there in time. Ambulances are not routinely sent to women in labour but an investigation into circumstances around the birth will be undertaken and we would encourage Mrs Martin to contact us as soon as she feels able.”

Mr Martin is now asking YEP readers to help come up with a suitable name for the new baby which will encompass her unusual arrival into the world. Send your suggestions to yep.news desk@ypn.co.uk.

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