The RACQ CareFlight Rescue Helicopter
The RACQ CareFlight Rescue Helicopter

Paramedics brave floodwater to get to premature baby

THE State Emergency Service faced raging flood waters in the early hours of this morning to get paramedics to a woman who gave birth prematurely at 4am this morning.

Cut off by flooding on Palmvale Road, off Reserve Creek Road east of Murwillumbah, the woman and her husband had to deliver the baby themselves.

At this stage, a causeway on Palmvale Road is inhibiting rescue workers from getting the woman and baby to hospital.

Emergency medics were taken across the causeway in a rubber ducky, but SES controller Chris Christostomos said the water was running too high and fast to risk taking the woman and baby across.

"We are hoping the water will recede enough to make the trip," he said.

"It will have to drop by at least half a metre to let a vehicle through."

Weather conditions had made it difficult for helicopter access to the woman and child, but CareFlight airlifted the mother and baby out today at about 10.30am.

The woman and baby are in a stable condition according to Mr Christostomos.



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