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Baby born in an ele-vator is named Ella

A baby girl who was safely delivered in a broken-down lift has been named Ella - after the ele-vator she was born in.

Mother Melissa Cavanagh called paramedics to her home, located on the ninth floor of a block of flats, after she started having contractions on Friday afternoon, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

Ella with her parents, Melissa Cavanagh and Paul Yeoman, and two of the paramedics to help deliver her in the lift. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

The paramedics ruled out using the stairs to get the expectant mother out of the building, so Ms Cavanagh, her boyfriend Paul Yeoman and the ambulance crew all got into the lift - which promptly ground to a halt.

After being stuck for 20 minutes in hot, cramped conditions, Ms Cavanagh contractions became increasingly frequent and it became obvious the baby was not going to wait for a rescue.

Emergency care assistant Nigel Goodman joked the baby girl should be named Ella - and now she is! Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Paramedic Nikki Wildman said, "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 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!"

Ella weighed 6lb 1oz when she was born and, in honour of the paramedics, her parents also gave her the middle name Nicola, after Ms Wildman.


First pictures of Birmingham paper mill fire

A member of the West Midlands Ambulance Service tweeted images of a fire at a 150-year-old paper mill in Birmingham.

Tweet: "F Team as medical cover to @WestMidsFire crews while they tackle the blaze. No persons reported at the fire" Credit: Twitter/@wmasshawkins
Tweet: "F Team tonight are at a large industrial fire in #Saltley #Birmingham as part of a #Multiagency response" Credit: Twitter/@wmasshawkins

One dead and four injured after large house fire

A woman has died and two others were left with serious burns after a large house fire in Birmingham this morning, West Midlands Ambulance Service reports.

Four ambulances responded to an emergency call at around 5am and attended the house fire on Cateswell Road in Springfield.

The woman was declared dead at the scene while two others - a teenager and a 26-year-old - were transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with 70% and 50% burns respectively.

A fourth woman believed to be in her Twenties was left with leg, pelvis, shoulder and neck injuries after reportedly jumping from a window. Another woman and a man sustained minor injuries.

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Pensioner was in cardiac arrest after hit & run

West Midlands Ambulance service say the 80-year-old woman who was injured in a hit & run in Yardley yesterday (Saturday 16 February) suffered multiple injuries which lead to a cardiac arrest.

“The PTS crew had already commenced CPR when ambulance crews and the medic arrived. The team took over resuscitation efforts, administering advanced life support on the woman at the scene.

“Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service