Two years on: “guardian angel” medics thanked by family following complicated home birth in Norfolk

Date: 15 March 2017

Nadia Barbouti-Payne with her mum, dad, and life savers

An Essex mum was given the chance to thank her daughter’s life savers in person following a traumatic home birth which was touched equally in joy as it was sorrow.

Sharon Barbouti-Payne, from Rochford, was staying at a friend’s house in Ashill back in September 2015 when she unexpectedly went into labour with twins – at just 28 weeks into her pregnancy.

We dispatched a large and rapid response to provide the expert medical care both Sharon and her babies needed.

However, upon arrival medics were faced with a combination of complex issues with Sharon’s situation. Not only was it a delivery of three month premature twins, but they were both breech – a dangerous position for any unborn child to be in during labour.

Paramedic Laura Sercombe and Student Paramedic Sabrina Mann had to act quickly as they were first to arrive. They were quickly supported by paramedics Tanya Chenery, Anna Jeavons, and Luke Chamberlain; student paramedics Sharon Weeks and Andrew Smith; Duty Locality Officer Sharon Proctor; and Critical Care Paramedic Jemma Varela responding in the medical response car from the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) charity.

At around 12.50am, baby Nadia was born weighing just 912 grams – less than a standard bag of sugar – followed by her brother, Toby.

All three were rushed off to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH), but tragically, despite the valiant efforts of everyone involved, Toby passed away.

Since then, Sharon and Nadia have made good recoveries and have kept in touch with their life savers, even sending them a cake on Nadia’s first birthday. But finally, last week (Friday, 10th March), they got the chance to meet in person again.

Sharon, her husband Steve Payne, and Nadia were reunited under much happier circumstances at Longwater ambulance station.

Speaking at the meet up, Tanya said: “This is a job that will live with me forever, everyone involved was fantastic on that day, it was such a difficult job but everyone worked their hardest and saved Nadia’s life.”

Sharon had nothing but praise for those involved and said: “It’s lovely to thank them in person for saving Nadia; it means so much to us. Without them, she wouldn’t be here, they are our guardian angels.”

Laura added: “In 12 years working in the ambulance service, there are a handful of jobs that will stay with me, and this one is right at the top. It’s so pleasing to see both Sharon and Nadia doing so well.”

  • Summary:

    An Essex mum was given the chance to thank her daughter’s life savers in person following a traumatic home birth which was touched equally in joy as it was sorrow.