HeadLine: MUM-TO-BE’S CLOSE CALL IN A PHONE BOX
Daily Record, 13/04/1998, p18
by SHAUN MILNE
A young mum sparked a red alert last night after going into labour in a
public phone box.
The frantic woman dialled 999 and told the operator: “Help, I’m giving
Police raced to the scene and an ambulance crew were also scrambled.
The medics arrived at the call box outside a Post Office in Garscadden
They found the panicking woman being coaxed to take deep breaths by the
The drama happened just before 10pm.
Two midwives also rushed to the scene after receiving a radio call from
the ambulance crew.
The woman, fighting back floods of tears, was then bundled into the
back of the ambulance.
With the birth imminent, she was whisked away to the Queen Mother’s
Hospital in Glasgow.
On arrival at the hospital, she was immediately taken to the labour
Within a matter of minutes, the baby arrived.
Last night, an ambulance source said: “Everything went fine. Both
mother and baby were doing well.”
One police officer said: “We got a call saying the woman was having a
baby and just tried to get there as fast as we could.
“But the ambulance crew beat us to her.
“We initially thought she had already given birth.
“However, it would appear they managed to get the mum to the hospital
“And as far as we’ve been told, both are safe and well at the Queen
“But it was certainly a close call.”
Hospital staff said the woman’s identity was being kept secret until
relatives had been told the happy news.
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