A baby girl who was born unexpectedly on a bathroom floor in Perth has been given a first birthday gift by the ambulance crew who rushed to deliver her.
Bella Thomson arrived in the world suddenly last year when her mum Grace, 28, went into labour with little warning.
On her first birthday Bella, Grace and her dad Paul Mclean, 32, were reunited with the ambulance crew who delivered her – paramedic Nathan Thomson and technician Pamela Fisher .
The Tayside team presented Bella with a gift to mark the occasion.
Grace praised the crew who came to the rescue on September 22 2018 when little Bella entered the world, weighing 6.4lbs .
She said: “It was evident we needed urgent help as I was getting a strong urge to push.
“Paul was advised to call an ambulance and the operator on the phone could not have been more helpful in calming Paul down and telling him what to gather in case the baby made an entrance before the paramedics arrived.
“Thankfully the ambulance arrived before Paul had to think about delivering the baby.”
Grace described lying on the bathroom floor as “one of the scariest moments of my life” until the ambulance crew arrived to save the day.
She said: “They were so calm. Not only were they attentive with myself, but they also looked after Paul who you can imagine was frantic at the time.
“After what only seemed like a few pushes, I gave birth to a healthy baby girl.”
Paul got the chance to cut the newborn’s cord and the couple were taken to Perth Royal Infirmary with Bella, before they were transferred to Ninewells Hospital.
A year after the dramatic birth, Grace received a text message from Nathan asking how Bella was, and if he and Pamela could drop off a present.
“This for us was one of the kindest thoughtful gestures we have ever had and definitely brought a lot of emotions back – I take my hat off for the work they do but also going that extra mile,” said Grace.
Paramedic Nathan remembered Bella arriving within minutes of him getting to the scene.
He said: “We arrived to find Grace on her bathroom floor trying to push.
“Our initial thoughts were to get mum down into the ambulance and up to hospital but, when we did our checks, we found that the baby’s head was appearing.
“Within minutes and a couple of pushes from Grace, Bella was born on their bathroom floor.”
Pamela has added: “Grace was amazing that night, and we were so grateful to be given the chance to go back a year later to meet Bella and catch up with Grace.
“That’s a nightshift I won’t forget.”