NEW mother Teaghan Gordon has praised paramedics for saving the life of her son, born prematurely at home late last month.
Teaghan gave birth to Kobi James Stewart in the hallway of the family home at 6.20pm on June 27 with her partner’s mother Sharon Birchell by her side.
The 20-year-old was 26 weeks into her pregnancy.
The Newcastle-based ambulance control centre gave instructions over the phone before paramedics arrived to take mother and son to Port Macquarie Base Hospital.
Stephen Stewart cut his son’s cord.
A second ambulance was called on the way to the hospital because Kobi wasn’t breathing properly.
The baby was given oxygen and advanced airways techniques used to help him breathe.
“If they [paramedics] hadn’t come, he wouldn’t be alive,” Teaghan said.
Paramedics Gordon Conroy and Desiree Uhlig responded initially and were backed up by Greg Lye and Milton Dening.
Desiree said those kind of jobs were rewarding but hard.
She thanked all the paramedics involved and the hospital staff.
“It is only when we work together as a team that we receive good results,” Desiree said.
Kobi, weighing just over one kilogram, was flown to Sydney’s Nepean Hospital in the early hours of June 28 where he remains in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Teaghan had surgery at Port Macquarie Base Hospital and later joined her son in Sydney.
“It was pretty overwhelming,” she said.
Teaghan started experiencing pains during a family trip to the beach.
They came home and Teaghan snoozed on and off next to her 16-month-old son Hayden but the pain intensified and became consistent.
Kobi was born shortly after.
Teaghan’s mother Karen Gordon arrived just after her grandson was born and pitched in to help.
Teaghan and Stephen thanked the paramedics, particularly Desiree and Gordon, and Port Macquarie Base Hospital staff who kept the family informed.
“It is an experience I will never forget, and an unexpected experience that still doesn’t feel real, but a blessing,” Teaghan said.