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Tuesday 20 August 2019

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SNOWBOUND MUM RUSHED TO HOSPITAL BY 4X4 AS WATERFORD HELICOPTER GROUNDED

BALLINDAGGIN triplets, Aaron, Finn and Ryan Hayden-Freeman made a dramatic entrance into the world on Wednesday morning after their snow-bound mum had to be rescued by a 4x4 jeep ambulance.

Petrified Mandy Hayden-Freeman thought she'd have a scary home birth, in the absence of midwives, when treacherous and icy weather made them almost impossible to reach.

Even an airlift from a Waterford-based air ambulance was ruled out, when sub zero conditions grounded the chopper, and two jeep ambulances, along with two ordinary ambulances were dispatched to aid the terrified mum-to-be.

Her husband John was coached to ' get towels and hot water' ready by medics on the phone, as courageous frontline ambulance drivers made their way to their home.

'I was absolutely petrified. I thought there's no way I can have triplets here at home. John was talking to them on the phone and they told him to get towels and hot water ready as a last resort,' said the relieved new mum last Thursday.

Mandy had attended a Holles Street appointment the Tuesday before, and while the expected due date for her three boys was the end of January, she had arranged to have them in Dublin by scheduled section on December 15, when she was 34 weeks gone.

However her trio of chaps were insistent on arriving early, and on Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. - when she was just 32 weeks pregnant - Mandy woke feeling unwell, and quickly realised that her contractions had started.

'I knew at that point that there was no way that we were going to get to Dublin so we rang Wexford and they sent the emergency services,' she said. Living ' half way up a mountain' and with 'another five inches of snow falling that night', Mandy feared that they wouldn't be able to reach her.

' They were going to send a helicopter first but that was grounded so they sent two ambulance jeeps with two midwives. I was petrified. Two more ambulances were waiting at Ballycarney, they couldn't get to where we were but the jeep could,' she said. The emergency personnel, instead of transferring the expectant mum into an ambulance, felt that the jeep was a safer way for her to travel.

' The driver was brilliant. He crossed into the middle of the road when he had to, and when it was safe, to get us there. We only skidded past the entrance of the hospital,' she smiled, adding that teams of doctors and nurses were ready at the hospital entrance to greet her.

'It must have taken them about an hour and fifteen minutes to get from Wexford to the house. I thought they would never arrive. I was having contractions every four minutes. It was five past six when I rang, and it was half seven when the jeep got to the house,' she said.

Mandy was immediately rushed in by ' the gang of doctors and nurses' who got her into theatre for an emergency section. 'It was just an unbelievable experience. Thank God they are all thriving,' she said. The triplets were born happy and healthy with Aaron arriving first at 8.53 a.m., weighing in at 4.4 lbs, followed by Finn at 8.56 a.m. at 4.1lbs and finally baby Ryan at 8.57 a.m. at 3.5 lbs. Mandy only remembers waking up in the recovery room, while her husband John missed the whole thing as it took him an hour and a half to follow them down to the hospital in the road conditions.

The triplets were all happy and healthy on Thursday, and while they will probably be in hospital until after Christmas because of their premature arrival, are 'doing really, really well'. The triplets are younger brothers for the John and Mandy's daughter Chloe, who was also born in Wexford General nine years ago this Tuesday. 'Chloe's birthday is on Tuesday. It's a busy December,' smiled Mandy.

Mandy originially hails from Dublin,

while her husband John is from Enniscorthy. The family lived in Ferns for a period, but have been based out of Ballindaggin for the last six years.

The relieved new mum said the dramatic arrival of her snow babies certainly was eventful, and the continuing weather caused added stress for the extended family. 'My mother is in Dublin and she was in tears on the phone today (Thursday) because she couldn't get down. She tried to get the train, but there was a gas explosion on O'Connell Street so she couldn't even get the train because the whole city centre was shut down,' she said.

Mandy has only the highest praise for the maternity unit of Wexford General Hospital, who she believes did an exceptional job.

' The maternity doctors and all of the staff in this hospital are absolutely fantastic. I've always said it, ever since I had Chloe here,' she said.

She was also critical of any plans to down scale maternity in Wexford.

'What would I have done if they weren't here? I certainly wouldn't have made it to Waterford. The staff and doctors at Wexford are absolutely fantastic. Full marks to them,' she said. BALLINDAGGIN triplets, Aaron, Finn and Ryan Hayden-Freeman made a dramatic entrance into the world on Wednesday morning after their snow-bound mum had to be rescued by a 4x4 jeep ambulance.

Petrified Mandy Hayden-Freeman thought she'd have a scary home birth, in the absence of midwives, when treacherous and icy weather made them almost impossible to reach.

Even an airlift from a Waterford-based air ambulance was ruled out, when sub zero conditions grounded the chopper, and two jeep ambulances, along with two ordinary ambulances were dispatched to aid the terrified mum-to-be.

Her husband John was coached to ' get towels and hot water' ready by medics on the phone, as courageous frontline ambulance drivers made their way to their home.

'I was absolutely petrified. I thought there's no way I can have triplets here at home. John was talking to them on the phone and they told him to get towels and hot water ready as a last resort,' said the relieved new mum last Thursday.

Mandy had attended a Holles Street appointment the Tuesday before, and while the expected due date for her three boys was the end of January, she had arranged to have them in Dublin by scheduled section on December 15, when she was 34 weeks gone.

However her trio of chaps were insistent on arriving early, and on Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. - when she was just 32 weeks pregnant - Mandy woke feeling unwell, and quickly realised that her contractions had started.

'I knew at that point that there was no way that we were going to get to Dublin so we rang Wexford and they sent the emergency services,' she said. Living ' half way up a mountain' and with 'another five inches of snow falling that night', Mandy feared that they wouldn't be able to reach her.

' They were going to send a helicopter first but that was grounded so they sent two ambulance jeeps with two midwives. I was petrified. Two more ambulances were waiting at Ballycarney, they couldn't get to where we were but the jeep could,' she said. The emergency personnel, instead of transferring the expectant mum into an ambulance, felt that the jeep was a safer way for her to travel.

' The driver was brilliant. He crossed into the middle of the road when he had to, and when it was safe, to get us there. We only skidded past the entrance of the hospital,' she smiled, adding that teams of doctors and nurses were ready at the hospital entrance to greet her.

'It must have taken them about an hour and fifteen minutes to get from Wexford to the house. I thought they would never arrive. I was having contractions every four minutes. It was five past six when I rang, and it was half seven when the jeep got to the house,' she said.

Mandy was immediately rushed in by ' the gang of doctors and nurses' who got her into theatre for an emergency section. 'It was just an unbelievable experience. Thank God they are all thriving,' she said. The triplets were born happy and healthy with Aaron arriving first at 8.53 a.m., weighing in at 4.4 lbs, followed by Finn at 8.56 a.m. at 4.1lbs and finally baby Ryan at 8.57 a.m. at 3.5 lbs. Mandy only remembers waking up in the recovery room, while her husband John missed the whole thing as it took him an hour and a half to follow them down to the hospital in the road conditions.

The triplets were all happy and healthy on Thursday, and while they will probably be in hospital until after Christmas because of their premature arrival, are 'doing really, really well'. The triplets are younger brothers for the John and Mandy's daughter Chloe, who was also born in Wexford General nine years ago this Tuesday. 'Chloe's birthday is on Tuesday. It's a busy December,' smiled Mandy.

Mandy originially hails from Dublin,

while her husband John is from Enniscorthy. The family lived in Ferns for a period, but have been based out of Ballindaggin for the last six years.

The relieved new mum said the dramatic arrival of her snow babies certainly was eventful, and the continuing weather caused added stress for the extended family. 'My mother is in Dublin and she was in tears on the phone today (Thursday) because she couldn't get down. She tried to get the train, but there was a gas explosion on O'Connell Street so she couldn't even get the train because the whole city centre was shut down,' she said.

Mandy has only the highest praise for the maternity unit of Wexford General Hospital, who she believes did an exceptional job.

' The maternity doctors and all of the staff in this hospital are absolutely fantastic. I've always said it, ever since I had Chloe here,' she said.

She was also critical of any plans to down scale maternity in Wexford.

'What would I have done if they weren't here? I certainly wouldn't have made it to Waterford. The staff and doctors at Wexford are absolutely fantastic. Full marks to them,' she said.

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