Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tunnel of Love

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tunnel of Love

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Byline: Sara Nichol Reporter

DELIGHTED parents Alun and Sarah Holdaway have told of their shock - after their baby daughter was born on a Tyne Tunnel slip road.

Little Vyviana was in such a hurry to be born, she couldn't wait to get to hospital, instead choosing to make her appearance on one of the region's busiest roads.

Paramedics were forced to pull over when they realised Sarah wasn't going to make it to South Tyneside District Hospital before giving birth, and the nearest place they could stop was the slip road on the north side of the Tyne Tunnel.

And panicked dad Alun missed the delivery by minutes as he had to wait for his mum to arrive to look after the couple's three other children.

Now, fit and healthy Vyviana is back at home with her family in Willington Quay, North Tyneside, just 24 hours after the traumatic birth.

And Alun and Sarah, who have three older children Tristyn, six, Angelo, three and Lorenzo, two, still can't believe what happened. Sarah, 30, said: "I had two contractions at 2am on Thursday morning and thought nothing of it and went back to sleep.

"At 6am, I was in labour but, with my other pregnancies, we've always had quite a bit of time before my waters break.

"I woke Alun up and he got the children ready and rang his mum to come over.

"Everything all of a sudden just happened really quickly and I found myself bending over the sofa and my waters breaking.

"I knew then she was coming and we phoned an ambulance.

"The next thing I remember was being in the ambulance and them pulling over.

"I didn't know where we were at first until the paramedic told me we were beside the Tyne Tunnel. I remember accidentally trying to grab one of the paramedic's legs and then the birth happening really quickly, I didn't have much time to think.

"I remember one of the Tyne Tunnel staff coming over and asking the paramedic to move the ambulance as he needed a bus to get through.

"The paramedic said he was in the middle of delivering a baby but the staff man said he really needed us to move, so we had to move, while I was in labour! …

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