Woman Was Refused Ambulance, Gives Birth on Pavement
Aug 18, 2009 14:03
A young mother gave birth on a pavement outside a hospital after being denied an ambulance, and was told to find her own way there.
Mother-of-three Carmen Blake had called her midwife to ask for an ambulance when she unexpectedly went into labour with her fourth child.
Blake, 27, claims the hospital refused to send an ambulance and told her to walk 100m from her house in Leicester to the city's nearby Royal Infirmary.
But she delivered her daughter Mariah on a pavement outside the hospital, with the help of a passerby, just before ambulance crews arrived.
Blake said she started going into labour about 7.15am on Sunday. She said: "I phoned up the Royal Infirmary, it's just across the road, and they said to go into a hot bath, and then make my way over there. I went into the bath and realized she was going to come quickly. I didn't think I'd be able to make it out of the bath, so I phones the maternity ward back and told them to get an ambulance out."
"They said they were not sending an ambulance and told me I had nine months to sort out a lift," she said.
She knew she had to get herself out of the bath and try to get to the hospital. She added: "The friends with me would have had no idea what to do. I knew at that point that she was nearly here so I had to get out of the house. I thought if I got across the road then at least somebody would be able to help me. I left the house and got to the end of the close, but there was no-one around to help."
Eventually, Blake and her friends managed to get the help of a physiotherapist passing by on her way to work. She dialled 999 and helped Blake deliver the baby.
So what did the hospital have to say about this? A spokeswoman for the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said: "We are disappointed that Ms Blake was not happy with the advice and care she received and will of course investigate any complaint. We are pleased that both Ms Blake and her daughter are well and healthy."
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