IT’S become the latest ‘hotspot’ in West Cork for ‘welcoming in’ new life and early on Wednesday morning, little Cayden Hayes couldn’t wait any longer to make his entrance – at Derrycool.
The 7lb 1oz baby boy was duly delivered outside the popular Welcome Inn pub near Bandon by West Cork Rapid Response’s Dr Jason van der Velde.
For his proud parents, Raymond and Denise Hayes from Skibbereen, it was a tense moment on Wednesday morning at 4am when Denise realised that she needed to get to CUH urgently.
‘Once we got our sister-in-law to mind our 19-month-old daughter Emma, we headed for Cork, but Denise was under fierce pressure,’ Raymond told The Southern Star. ‘I rang an ambulance near Manch, and the lady told me to pull in somewhere as Denise was about to give birth.’
‘I pulled in by the Welcome Inn and waited for the ambulance, while Denise was in the back of the car and the baby’s head was already appearing.
‘At one stage, I thought I might have to deliver the baby myself, but Dr Jason from West Cork Rapid Response and the ambulance arrived just in time. It was all over in five minutes.’
And it’s not the first time Dr Jason has delivered a baby at the aptly-named Welcome Inn – he helped deliver another baby at the very same spot in February.
‘I want to thank Martin and James from the ambulance and Dr Jason for all their help as they were exemplary in this tense situation for both myself and Denise,’ added Raymond.
The proud parents were then taken to CUH by ambulance and later that day Cayden’s older sister Emma got to see the new addition to their family.
Just as well Raymond and Denise were so cool about the whole thing. Cayden Hayes’ birthplace will be forever registered as Derrycool, Bandon.