Birmingham mum reunited with ambulance crew who saved her & her baby’s life

A West Midlands Ambulance crew attended a frantic 999-call from a Birmingham father as his pregnant wife was losing a large amount of blood

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A mum from Birmingham has shared a heartfelt message for the two West Midlands Ambulance paramedics who saved her and her baby’s life during a life-threatening situation.

Pavandeep, known as Pavi, lost more than two litres of blood while pregnant when she suffered a placental abruption at home in Erdington. Paramedics Alex Gilmore and Gracie Clarke, from the WMAS Dudley crew, attended a frantic 999-call from dad, Shal.

Placental abrution is when the “placenta partly or completely separates from the inner wall of the uterus before delivery. This can decrease or block the baby’s supply of oxygen and nutrients and cause heavy bleeding in the mother,” according to Mayo Clinic.

Alex and Gracie realised how serious the situation was and rushed Pavi to hospital as fast as they could. A short time later they received the joyful news that Pavi and her newborn baby Shayen were safe.

Pavi, her husband Shal, and their healthy ten-week old son, Shayen - now ten weeks old - were reunited with Alex and Gracie last week in Erdington after the mother and baby recovered.

Paramedic, Alex, said: “We knew how serious and potentially life-threatening this condition was for both Pavi and for baby Shay at the time. Valuable seconds lost at any point throughout the job, may have drastically affected the outcome for both patients. We did everything we could do and quickly got them to hospital, after which, we both couldn’t stop thinking about the family and wondering how they were.

“A short while later, staff at the hospital made us aware that baby Shay had been delivered safely and that Pavi was making a recovery, we were so thrilled that our work had helped this family.”

“The relief we both felt was unmatched and can never be beaten. I’ve never seen a happier man than Shal at that moment.”

From L to R: Alex, Shal, Pavi & GracieFrom L to R: Alex, Shal, Pavi & Gracie
From L to R: Alex, Shal, Pavi & Gracie

Gracie added: “At the time of the incident I was training as a student paramedic and when I saw Pavi I instantly knew how serious her condition was and thought about my training and started to help as much as I could.

“To meet the family again and to see that we have been able to make such a difference to a family, especially so early on in my career, is something I will always be so proud of and is something I won’t forget.”

Alex Gilmore & Gracie Alex Gilmore & Gracie
Alex Gilmore & Gracie

What the family said

For mum Pavi, the assistance of Alex and Gracie is something she will never forget. “I’d lost so much blood and I was terrified for Shay and for myself. I am so grateful for the support and care they gave to us,” she said.

“We feel blessed to have met such kind-hearted, dedicated and amazing people. If it wasn’t for them, we don’t know what our lives might be like now. They have such a special place in our hearts.”

The work of the crew is something that Pavi and Shal had not forgotten, and they were eager to be reunited with the crew who had helped them.

Dad, Shal added: “When they arrived at our home I was so panicked and felt helpless to Pavi. They instantly took over and I knew my wife & baby were in safe hands.

“Being able to meet them again under much happier circumstances, and for them to meet Shay is such an amazing experience. We will never forget how much they did for us.”

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