Emergency services rescue pregnant woman stranded in floods
PUBLISHED: 13:17 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:55 10 June 2010
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Friday, October 31 - FOR a couple caught in the freak weather conditions of yesterday there was at least one silver lining - a baby boy.
FOR a couple caught in the freak weather conditions of yesterday there was at least one silver lining - a baby boy.
Juliet and Phil Hall, of Northleigh, near Honiton, started their journey just after midnight - as the rain and hail started to pick up - trapping the pregnant Mrs Hall on the A30, by the Daisymount junction, while in labour.
A police car, ambulance and a coastguard four-wheel drive were part of the rescue team that transported the 34-year-old to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where Nathan was born after a 10-hour labour.
She said: "When we left the house there was ice and hailstones it was bad - at one point they said they would get a helicopter.
"I remember just seeing flashes of lightning the whole time and then seeing blue flashing lights and saying: 'Please don't let the road be closed'.
"That's when I saw the police."
The early hours of Thursday morning saw 75 per cent of the average monthly rainfall fall in just 12 hours.
Mr Hall, 42, a company director, pulled up the car to the front of the queue and explained his wife's condition to the officers.
He said: "The police waved me down and said: 'You can't go any further.'
'I said I've got to get to the hospital,' and once I explained what was going on he said: 'We'd better try and sort something out'.'
The police flagged down an ambulance that was stuck in front of the couple's car where they gave Mrs hall gas and air.
A coastguard four-wheel drive was called to take them as far as Exeter International airport where another ambulance whisked them away to the hospital.
She said: "The midwife was fantastic and put an epidural in straight away - I will love that anaesthetist until the day I die."
Mrs Hall, who is doing a PHD in innovation in healthcare, had a quiet pregnancy and gave birth to a healthy boy at 9.57am.
He was born three-weeks early.