December 9 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
A young mum who gave birth in the middle of Canary Wharf’s busy shopping complex has returned to thank security staff who delivered her baby.
Daphne Bolus and husband Tim were reunited with the team who made sure little Matthew John arrived in the world safe and sound seven days earlier.
The couple also met staff from Waitrose who had rushed out to help.
Daphne suddenly went into labour in the middle of Canada Place, outside the store. An ambulance was called – but was held up in evening rush-hour traffic.
So the First Aid-trained security team began without them, with hospital medics giving advice over the phone. And one guard searched websites to find out how to deliver a baby.
School teacher Daphne, 29, had earlier walked into the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, with Tim, a church pastor.
“We were told she hadn’t dilated enough,” Tim, 27, said. “We had to wait for stronger contractions and the hospital advised us to go home and return later.”
But it was too far to go back to their home in Manor Park, so they went to Canary Wharf instead to have a meal.
“Daphne suddenly felt an urge to push – the baby was coming,” Tim said. “She said she couldn’t hold it. So security guards set up a rail with curtains in front of Waitrose while we waited for an ambulance.”
But the ambulance was stuck in traffic in Limehouse.
Store manager Mike Buckingham and his staff rushed out with a duvet, pillows, towels and blankets – just in time for the birth. Three ambulances finally arrived 15 minutes later.
The baby’s unscheduled arrival was an early Christmas miracle for the pastor, who leads the Agape Christian Fellowship congregation at Manor Park.
“It was God’s time for the baby to be born,” he reflected. “We gave thanks for the people involved in the birth of our son, who were there for us at the right time. It was a wonderful experience to share– it was God’s plan that showed the people of east London as a community.”
Canary Wharf Group and Waitrose gave the couple gift vouchers.