Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

So Proud of Little Survivor

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

So Proud of Little Survivor

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Byline: By Louise Redvers

Baby born early after horror smash

Gently cradled in his mum's arms, this fragile baby is a living miracle.

Liam Hardy was born four weeks early by emergency Caesarean after his mother was in a horrifying car smash.

There were fears for the unborn child as mum-to-be Alison lay trapped in the mangled wreckage.

Firefighters took three hours to prise her from the crumpled remains of the car which had careered into a tree.

The 29-year-old was taken to hospital, suffering from crushed legs and pelvis, where medical staff decided they had to act immediately to save her baby.

And after emergency surgery, Liam was born, weighing in at 6lbs, three lighter than if he had gone full term.

Today Liam's grandmother Sandra, who has flown from Cyprus where she now lives, to help her son Rob cope with the baby, said: "Seeing them there cuddled up together is such a wonderful thing. I know Alison has wanted this baby for a long time and Liam is just lovely.

"Rob is taking Liam up to see her every day in hospital so they can spend as much time together as possible.

"He really is coping so well, he's doing a fantastic job because I know it's not been easy for him.

"We haven't got a car here in England and, of course, Rob's had to borrow someone else's to get up to hospital every day because his is a write-off."

The crash happened on Brunton Lane in Kenton Bank Foot, Newcastle, around 12.30pm on November 21.

Alison, who was then eight months pregnant, smashed into a 15ft tree and had to be cut out of her crumpled car by firefighters.

The rescue operation took more than two hours and involved 16 firefighters, six paramedics and a three-strong medical team from Newcastle General Hospital.

Divisional Fire Officer Ian Buchanan, who supervised Alison's release, said: "It was an incredibly difficult task because she was so heavily pregnant.

"We had to take our lead from the medics who were constantly having to check on Alison and the baby.

"We had a firefighter in the car with her, talking to her and reassuring her the whole time, and we called in specialist cutting equipment from Pilgrim Street. …

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