Turned away from hospital, woman gives birth to ‘miracle’ outside strip club
A UK mother has finally found a passerby who helped her give birth to a “Christmas miracle” outside a London strip club, after she was turned away by a hospital.
Sharing her story on Facebook on Thursday, Lizzie Hines said her son Louis was born outside the Spearmint Rhino strip club on Tottenham Court Rd, in central London, at 7am on December 22 last year.
With the youngster’s first birthday approaching, Hines appealed for help tracking down one of the Good Samaritans who helped her and wrapped the newborn in a scarf.
“To the person who gave away their scarf to a stranger on a cold day and wrapped up my sweet baby Louis, I’m wondering if I can find you?” she wrote on Facebook.
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“If you can share this picture I’d be very grateful (here’s me and Louis on the street, and Louis still snuggling in it now).
“It feels like a fitting week to return it and introduce my babbling, toddling baby to a member of his welcoming party.”
According to Metro, the Good Samaritan was Yasika Moorthy, who has now been reunited with Hines after seeing the Facebook post.
“Words cannot describe the flush of emotions running through me seeing Lizzie’s post,” Moorthy said, according to Metro.
“On that morning, when I heard the scream, I thought I was running to someone being mugged or something, but actually I was there to witness such a beautiful baby be born.
“All I could think at that moment was for baby to be warm and both mummy and baby to be safe. It is so heart-warming that he is still wrapped by my scarf.”
On the morning of the birth, another kind-hearted stranger found Hines a wheelchair, an off-duty doctor came through the crowd to look over Louis, and a “happy weeper from Venezuela” also stopped to lend a hand.
“Some parts of this stranger-than-fiction experience are still very vivid,” Hines’ Facebook post says.
“I remember so clearly lying down, seeing the ankles of commuters around me and knowing what was about to happen.
“I remember the feeling of Louis’ limbs rushing out of my body.
“I remember trying to tell everyone that he had been born into my pyjamas — ‘he’s here!’ and the incredulous face of my husband. Then pressing Louis against my skin.
“I don’t remember getting up off the pavement, the cheers of strangers declaring “it’s a Christmas miracle!”, the faces of the people, or who wrapped us up.”
Hines told Buzzfeed she had been turned away by the University College London Hospital shortly before the unusual birth.
She was told she could not be admitted because she had only been in labour for two and a half hours, and told to come back in six hours, according to Buzzfeed.
She and her husband checked in to a nearby hotel, but had to race back to the hospital within half an hour, only making it as far as Tottenham Court Rd before Louis made his arrival.
A hospital spokesman told Buzzfeed the incident prompted an internal investigation, “so that we could learn from her experience and reduce the risk of it happening again”.
“We have also apologised to Mrs Hines,” the spokesman said.