A baby girl was delivered four weeks early by emergency c-section after both her parents were involved in a horror car crash on the way to hospital.
Ginny Magrath and Mike Roberts, both 29, were left with badly broken ankles following the nasty smash on Wednesday (14/8).
The couple had been on their way for a check-up at Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital when the crash occurred near Knockin, Shrops.
They were taken to separate hospitals and only reunited after the birth of their first child Amber Harriet Roberts, who arrived four weeks early, weighing 6lb 10oz.
Proud mum Ginny, of Oswestry, Shrops., said: “I’d had some reduced movement, so we called triage at Princess Royal and they told us to come in for a check-up.
“We were on our way to Telford when the crash happened. It was really scary and I was obviously concerned for Amber and for Mike.
“Mike was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and I was taken to Princess Royal.
“They monitored me, and the baby’s heart rate was up and down, so they said the safest thing was to perform the emergency C-section.
“I was very apprehensive, but the team were all fantastic.
“The anaesthetist talked to me throughout the whole procedure and kept me distracted and made the whole process so much easier.
“Amber is doing really well. She seems to be doing everything at 100mph. It’s almost like she knows Mike and I need her.”
While Ginny was being admitted at one hospital, doctors at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital were preparing to admit engineer Mike so that he could have an operation on his ankle.
But staff did not want to split the family up and so made arrangements for Mike to be moved to Telford.
Ginny, who works in pathology at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, said: “The consultant at Shrewsbury said he really didn’t want to separate us, so he spoke to the consultant at Telford and arranged for Mike to come and have his operation and recovery here.”
The move meant that Mike was able to go to the postnatal ward to see Ginny and Amber, while Ginny has been able to visit Mike on his ward.
Ginny added: “From what was a really scary time, the whole experience has just been so positive.
“The care we have had could not have been any better and I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in our treatment and in going the extra mile to make sure Mike and I could be together as much as possible.”
Jo Banks, Women and Children’s Care Group Director at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust said: “We are delighted that what started out as such a frightening incident has had such a positive outcome for Ginny, Mike and baby Amber.
“Everyone involved in their care really has shown that they live our Trust’s Values and should be very proud of themselves.
“We wish Mike and Ginny a speedy recovery and wish them all the best for their future.”