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Rochester couple and baby reunited with ambulance team

19 December 2019

Carly, family and crewA couple from Rochester have been reunited with the ambulance team which came to their aid when mum-to-be Carly Walker started fitting and collapsed at 35 weeks pregnant.

Carly, 37, attended Medway ambulance station recently with baby Naomi, now five months old, and husband Nick to personally thank all those involved in responding to them on 27 July, one of the hottest days of the year.

First to arrive at the family home, after call taker Joanne Hards had taken Nick’s 999 call was Critical Care Paramedic, Luke Hamilton. Luke was quick to realise the seriousness of the situation.

He said: “My immediate concern was that Carly was suffering from eclamptic seizures. As soon as I’d taken her blood pressure this was confirmed and I knew I had to administer a magnesium sulphate infusion and that ultimately she had to deliver her baby as soon as possible.”

Luke liaised with a consultant to agree a course of action involving administering the drug to attempt to lower Carly’s blood pressure. As the plan was agreed, Carly suffered a further seizure. By this time crew mates George Osborne and Adrian DeBari had arrived with an ambulance. Medication was administered to stop the seizure and the team then worked together to get Carly safely to the ambulance from the top of the couple’s town house, which involved removing a bedroom door.

Carly was then rushed to Medway Maritime Hospital, which Luke had contacted in advance to enable them to ready a team for her arrival. Carly delivered Naomi by caesarean section and spent a week receiving further treatment in hospital before being discharged with a healthy Naomi.

Luke said: “It’s been lovely to meet with Carly and Nick in much better circumstances with her and Naomi doing so well. In my 14 years as a paramedic this is the only time I have attended a patient who is not pre-eclamptic but suffering from actual eclamptic seizures.

“We knew we had to act quickly to provide some immediate treatment at the scene but that ultimately Carly needed to deliver to bring her blood pressure down from such a dangerous level. Nick was amazing. He was the textbook husband and did everything we needed him to do including letting us know the detail of Carly’s medical history and reassuring Carly. On behalf of the whole team I’d like to wish them all a very happy and peaceful Christmas.”

Pharmacy Technician, Carly said: “We’re both so thankful for everything Luke and the team. It all happened so suddenly without any warning. I had been booked in for a C-section for unrelated reasons but of course that all had to be brought forward. I’d also like to thank everyone at the hospital including the multi-disciplinary team responsible for my care led by Miriam.

“I’m receiving some ongoing treatment to help with my blood pressure levels which are still a little raised but we’re all doing really well and Naomi is perfect. Thank you to everyone for ensuring we received the help we needed so quickly.”

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