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Breech baby Owen born in back seat of car in Aberdeen

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Media captionThe police officers who helped deliver baby Owen in an Aberdeenshire lay-by visit him and his parents at home

An Aberdeenshire couple have said they are relieved and grateful their baby son is in good health after he was born in the back seat of their car.

Denise Middler and Darren Farquharson were a few miles from Aberdeen Maternity Hospital when Ms Middler went into the advanced stages of her labour.

The baby was breech and the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck.

Two Grampian Police officers helped deliver Owen before an ambulance arrived.

PC Geoff Catto and PC Nikki Fowler had been carrying out a routine patrol at about 12:30 on Auchmill Road on 21 August when they were flagged down.

The officers found Ms Middler, 36, in labour in the back of the car and the pair put on latex gloves to help with the safe arrival of the baby - who has been named Owen Richard.

Paramedics continued with the delivery while PC Catto drove the ambulance to the hospital.

Owen stopped breathing but doctors detected a pulse and were able to stabilise his condition and the couple were able to take Owen home to Inverurie a few days later.

Ms Middler has severe endometriosis and was told it was extremely unlikely she would ever conceive a child, so Owen was the result of IVF treatment.

This was the couple's final attempt to have a baby after several years of trying.

Image caption Owen's parents said they would never forget what the officers did for them

Ms Middler said: "I'm so grateful to everyone who helped us, from the police officers and paramedics to the staff at the hospital.

"It certainly wasn't the way I imagined bringing Owen into the world, but we're delighted with him and are so glad everything has worked out.

"We will never forget what these officers have done for us, and we'll make sure that Owen knows too when he is old enough.

"I hope this gives encouragement to other couples who may be going through the IVF process too that even if it seems unlikely, it can happen and we now have Owen proof of that too."

PC Catto described the drama as "one of the most frightening, but also most rewarding, experiences of my career so far".

He said: "While you get used to the spontaneous nature of being a police officer, I certainly didn't expect when I went out on patrol that night that I'd be helping to deliver a baby, particularly in such fraught circumstances.

"There were certainly a frightening few moments after Owen was born and he wasn't breathing, but the paramedics and doctors did a great job."

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