A woman trapped in her home by raging floodwaters has given birth to a baby boy after a hero neighbour plucked her from the property on his kayak.
Krystle Henry’s happy news came just three hours after another Brisbane woman, taken by kayak from her flooded home by SES volunteers, also gave birth to a baby boy.
Heavily pregnant Krystle was stranded at her home at Taringa after flood waters surged up the driveway.
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Quick-thinking neighbour Rob sprung into action, kayaking the expectant mum to dry land in a dramatic rescue on Sunday afternoon.
Krystle and her partner Matt Bridges welcomed their baby boy, Angus, at Mater Mothers’ Hospital Brisbane at 7.30am on Tuesday. Angus weighed 3.7kg.
Matt said he would be forever grateful to his neighbour.
“We didn’t know Rob, but he was more than happy to help us out and I’m so thankful Angus arrived safely,” Matt said.
“I’m so glad I got to the delivery room in time.
“We’ve got a pandemic baby, with two-year-old daughter, Olive, born in 2020, and now we have a flood baby.”
Mater obstetrician Dr Paul Conaghan said he had never delivered a baby in such chaotic circumstances.
“Considering the situation, Krystle and Matt remained very calm,” Dr Conaghan said.
“I couldn’t imagine being 39 weeks pregnant and stuck in flood waters.”
Krystle’s dramatic rescue wasn’t the only one of a heavily pregnant woman trapped by floodwaters in Brisbane.
Sherwood couple Felicity and Alex Jacques were staying with Alex’s parents after their home lost power on Saturday.
On Sunday, the couple called SES for help when their cars became flooded in the apartment’s underground carpark.
SES volunteers took the pair to safety, also via kayak.
The couple then stayed at a hotel near the hospital overnight.
“I went into labour in the early hours of the next morning,” Felicity said.
Baby Andrew Jacques was born on Tuesday, weighing 3.35kg, two days after the couple’s rescue.
“I hate to think what would have happened if we weren’t close to the hospital,” she said.
“I’m so relieved our little one is here. He is definitely a little miracle.”
Alex added: “It was a crazy 24 hours.”
Mater Mother’s Hospital chief operating officer Paula Foley said many mums and families had gone to enormous lengths to get to the hospital to have their babies in the past week.
“It’s been an incredibly stressful time for many of our new mums and dads,” Paula said.
“But we’ve had 188 babies born at Mater Mothers’ South Brisbane in the past week, despite the flooding.”
Mater Mothers’ Hospitals is Australia’s largest maternity services provider, with more than 12,000 babies born every year.