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Meet Melissa: the newborn named after the doctor who delivered her in A&E

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

Newborn Melissa Pardo was delivered in A&E after her visiting parents ended up in the wrong hospital.

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A BABY who was born in Morriston Hospital's A&E department has been named after the junior doctor who successfully delivered her.

Dr Mel Blyth stepped in when an Oxford mum, not realising the area's maternity centres were in Singleton and Neath Port Talbot, arrived at Morriston in the final stages of labour. With no time to organise a transfer, Dr Blyth and her colleagues took care of everything until a midwife could get there. After the birth parents Hanna and Ian Pardo decided to name their baby daughter Melissa, after the doctor who had delivered her two weeks early.

Mr Pardo said: "We were at a wedding reception in Gower and returned to our hotel in Swansea at around 11.15pm. At around midnight Hanna started having twinges. At first she thought it was Braxton Hicks contractions but then realised it was more than that, and we needed to find somewhere to have the baby."

Melissa was delivered in A&E just 90 minutes after Ian and Hanna arrived at Morriston weighing in at around 6lb 6oz.

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Morriston Hospital Emergency Department's senior nurse Becky Gammon said: "It's very unusual for a baby to be born in A&E. Usually mums would go to Singleton or Neath Port Talbot but on this occasion there was no time to organise a transfer."

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