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First baby in 60 years born at old infirmary
IT’S been 60 years since the cries of newborn babies filled Salisbury Infirmary in Fisherton Street.
Now, six decades after maternity services moved to Odstock, a baby girl has been born in Salisbury’s old hospital.
The infirmary is now retirement flats but little Summer Johnson arrived suddenly while her parents, Luke and Lisa, were visiting her great-grandmother Iris Evans.
The drama happened on September 16 when Lisa went into labour in Mrs Evans’ retirement apartment.
A paramedic arrived just in time and minutes later Summer was born.
“They had come round because Luke was going to paint my kitchen and it ended up with my great-grandaughter being born in the lounge,” said Mrs Evans.
“Lisa hadn’t been feeling well and 45 minutes little Summer was here.
“There was no way they were going to make it to the hospital; it all happened really fast.”
Summer, who has a one-year old brother Jack and five-year-old sister Ruby-Leigh, was born three weeks early weighing 6lb 6oz.
She is doing well and after a short stay at Salisbury District Hospital, she was allowed to go home.
“It must have been years ago that a baby was born in this building – it’s funny to think this used to be where all the babies were born,” said Mrs Evans, who worked as a nurse and is a former mayor of Salisbury.
“It was a real shock for all of us but it’s exciting that we now have Summer among the four generations of our family.”
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