Baby delivered in broken elevator named after paramedic

Paramedic Nikki Wildman with baby Ella Nicola and mum Melissa Cavanagh

Paramedic Nikki Wildman with baby Ella Nicola and mum Melissa Cavanagh

A baby has been named Ella Nicola after she was delivered in a broken elevator by a paramedic called Nicola.

Ambulance crews were called to the ninth floor of a block of flats in Reservoir Road, Rowley Regis to attend to Melissa Cavanagh, who had gone into labour.

Paramedic Steve Millward, who responded in his rapid response vehicle, was first on the scene.

He said: “When I arrived, Melissa was in the early stages of labour so I called for an ambulance crew as she needed to go to hospital but, given her contractions were still quite far apart, it looked like we had quite a bit of time so there was no real panic.”

With the ambulance parked up outside, Melissa, her boyfriend Paul Yeomans, the ambulance crew and Steve got in the lift but unfortunately it broke down, trapping the five inside.

Paramedic, Nikki Wildman, said: “When the lift stopped we didn’t think anything of it initially. We called up the ambulance control room to request the fire services assistance and waited. About 20 minutes later, we were all still in the lift when Melissa’s contractions started to get a lot closer together.

“We all looked at each other because we knew the baby wasn’t going to wait for the lift to be repaired.

“Despite it being cramped and hot, we all worked as a team to help Melissa deliver a healthy baby girl.

“During the delivery we could hear the fire service desperately trying to get to us and after about 45 minutes of being trapped, the firefighters managed to prise open the doors and we were able to take Melissa, Paul and their new bouncing baby girl to hospital.”

Emergency care assistant Nigel Goodman, who was working with Nikki added: “When it was all over, I remember saying to Melissa and Paul that they should call her Ella, short for elevator….and they have.”

Melissa and Paul later met up with the ambulance crew.

Melissa, a mum of three, said: “Neither of us like lifts at the best of times so when it got stuck we panicked. The staff from West Midlands Ambulance Service were really great, they kept me calm and helped me through it.

“We thought it only appropriate to make Ella’s middle name Nicola, after all the work that her namesake did to deliver her.”