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Surprise arrival at roundabout
A BABY boy was born in a car at the Fugglestone Red roundabout after his mother gave birth on her way to hospital.
Little Zayn Latham was in such a hurry to meet the world that he arrived as his parents frantically tried to make their way to Salisbury District Hospital’s maternity unit.
Unable to hold on any longer, Elizabeth Latham begged her husband Paul to stop the car at the roundabout on the outskirts of Salisbury and started to give birth in the back of their Citroen Picasso.
Mr Latham called an ambulance and a paramedic arrived just in time to deliver Zayn, who weighed a healthy 8lbs 1oz.
“It all happened so quickly,” said Mrs Latham. “I stayed at home too long and there was no way I could get to the hospital in time.
“We just stopped the car by some bushes and there was nothing I could do about it – I had him there and then.
“I thought for a while that my husband was going to have to deliver him, which would have been pretty scary for him, but luckily the paramedic got there just in time.
“He was brilliant – I can’t thank him enough for what he did.”
The paramedic’s car and another ambulance blocked the road so Mrs Latham could give birth without other vehicles driving by.
“I heard later on the radio that the road had been shut and I thought people might be wondering why,”
said Mrs Latham. “It was because I was having Zayn in our car.”
After Zayn was born at just after 4.15pm last Monday, he was taken to hospital for a check-up.
Everything was fine, and mother and baby returned to their home in Wagstaff Way, Salisbury on Thursday and are both doing well.
Zayn’s brothers, Max, four, and two-year-old Reece are also delighted with the new arrival.
“Their births were quick but I never expected that I’d give birth in the car,” said Mrs Latham.
“It was quite stressful but I’m just glad to be home now with our lovely baby boy.”
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