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Jennifer Bowerman

A grateful young mum from South Devon has met up to thank the ambulance team from South Western Ambulance Service who came to her rescue and introduced them to her new baby. 

Jennifer Bowerman from Brixham experienced severe complications in July, when at 35 weeks pregnant she collapsed as the result of losing too much blood. Jennifer knew something was very wrong and managed to call 999 whilst drifting in and out of consciousness. The ambulance teams responded quickly and were able to treat her and get her to Torbay hospital in time for the baby to be saved.

Now fully recovered from her trauma, Jennifer has met up with the crew in Torbay and taken them presents to thank them for their efforts and introduce them to her little miracle baby, Frederick. 

Jennifer said: “Their fast response and quick thinking actions that afternoon resulted in the safe delivery of my baby at 35 weeks pregnant.  I suffered a catastrophic four litre blood loss, I didn’t think the baby would make it and woke up four hours later not sure what had happened. I wanted to thank them in person and show them my little miracle, who I’m certain is only alive today thanks to this team.”

The happy reunion took place on Tuesday 4 September 2018 at Torquay Ambulance Station with the paramedics, BASICs Doctor and 999 Control call handler who took the 999 call.

Paramedic Paul Hodge who was first on scene, said; “When I arrived on scene Jennifer was in a bad way, she had collapsed from so much blood loss, she was very weak and lethargic,  very low blood pressure and had life threatening complications.  We gave her fluids and took her onto Torbay Hospital but we really didn’t know if either the mother or baby would survive.  It is always great to get such positive feedback after attending such an incident and we are all thrilled to meet Jennifer and her new baby and see them looking so well.”

The 999 Control room emergency call handler Scott Cartlidge was also able to meet up with the family and see the result of a call that could have ended so differently.  

The 999 emergency team members who attended the reunion were:

  • Emergency Medical Dispatcher/Call handler - Scott Cartlidge
  • GP/Doctor Dr Alexander Rowe, BASICS Doctor
  • Paramedics - Aaron Bushnell and Paul Hodge

(Also attended the incident but unable to meet up with the family - Paramedic - Steve Stone, Ambulance technician Anton Rundle)