A Scots mum has hailed hero paramedics who saved her baby son’s life after his shoulder became stuck during a traumatic birth.
Gale Ervine went into ‘rapid labour’ at her Edinburgh home in the early hours of June 9 leaving her with no time to get to the hospital.
After a 999 call to the Scottish Ambulance Service, a team of paramedics arrived just 15 minutes later and were on hand to support Gale and her husband with the birth.
Baby Rory had suffered from oxygen deprivation after his shoulder became stuck, forcing the emergency responders to resuscitate him after his speedy delivery.
Thanks to the heroic actions of the team, the youngster is now thriving at home and is "100% healthy".
Proud mum Gale said: “I had gone into a very rapid labour that progressed so quickly that I had no time to get to the hospital.
“My husband phoned 999 at around 12:30am and the ambulance crew arrived very shortly afterwards at around 12.45am.
“At this point, I was very frightened and distressed as, despite the speed at which my labour progressed, it was not straightforward.
“I know now that this was as a result of shoulder dystocia (my son’s shoulder was basically stuck) and without the quick and efficient intervention of the ambulance crew his life was in significant danger.
“As soon as they arrived, the paramedics quickly delivered my baby and took immediate action to resuscitate him and mitigate the effects of the oxygen deprivation he suffered during the birth.
“They were an incredibly supporting and reassuring presence for both me and my husband and I’ll never forget the kindness they managed to show us during what was no doubt an extremely stressful situation for them as well.
“It is thanks to the paramedic team that my son, Rory, is alive and 100% healthy today, two weeks after his dramatic birth.
“They really are absolute heroes and I’m in total awe of the amazing work they do.”
Gale and Rory were helped by paramedics Debra Ann Anders, Matthew Stephenson and student technician Darren Jack.
She penned a heartfelt letter to the Scottish Ambulance Service hailing the trio.
Medic Matthew Stephenson added: "We worked really well as a team that morning.
"So very glad mum and baby are well, as we could easily have had a different outcome.
“Welcome to the world Rory."