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Stowmarket couple thank ambulance crews for making sure A14 roadside birth didn’t become a tragedy

PUBLISHED: 06:00 06 December 2014

Proud parents Stacie Freestone and Matthew Cope with daughter Layla who was born by the side of the A14.

Proud parents Stacie Freestone and Matthew Cope with daughter Layla who was born by the side of the A14.

The miracle of birth could have turned to tragedy for one Suffolk couple had it not been for the help of a dedicated ambulance crew.

Matthew Cope holidng newborn daughter Layla with some of the amublance crews who helped get them and mother Stacie Freeman to hospitalMatthew Cope holidng newborn daughter Layla with some of the amublance crews who helped get them and mother Stacie Freeman to hospital

Hairdresser Stacie Freeman was being rushed to Ipswich Hospital from Stowmarket by partner Matthew Cope on November 26 after her waters broke that morning.

But near Claydon on the A14 the baby started to arrive and Mr Cope, who works for Muntons, had no choice but to deliver his daughter Layla himself.

“I pulled over and got on the phone for an ambulance,” he said. “The lady on the phone (call handler Emily Buxton) was giving me instructions on delivering our baby girl.

“I had just got her in the my hands when the ambulance crews arrived and they came over and helped us.”

Layla Cope shortly after her birthLayla Cope shortly after her birth

It was fortunate they did – Layla was born three weeks premature and Stacie was losing a lot of blood.

“They wanted to get her to hospital as soon as possible because Stacie had haemorrhaged,” Mr Cope added.

“As soon as she got there she was rushed straight to surgery. One of the paramedics stayed with Stacie through the surgery.

“She had lost five pints of blood and she had to have a transfusion. She was put on the high dependency ward.”

Mr Cope praised the work of the two ambulance crews in getting the family to hospital.

He said he was certain Robert Riches, Abbey Goodchild, Emma Cornford and Carlos Kershaw saved both his partner’s and his daughter’s lives.

“All the ambulance people came up and checked she was OK,” he said.

“If they weren’t there we could have lost Layla and I could have lost Stacie too. We are really grateful to them.”

Mr Cope said the family, which also includes two-year-old Lucas, was now back at home and doing well.

Both Stacie and Layla, who was born weighing 7lbs 4oz, have made full recoveries from their ordeals.

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