A birthday girl got the surprise of her life when the two paramedics who brought her into the world turned up at her 18th birthday bash.
Kimberley Cameron weighed just 2lb 1oz when Stuart Urquhart (49) and Graeme Sneddon (47) delivered her 12 weeks prematurely after mum Anne Cameron (51) took ill at home in Tillicoultry and phoned emergency services for help.
Kimberley was born on February 3, 1998 with her umbilical card wrapped around her neck. She stopped breathing after birth and had to be resuscitated. Anne lost a lot of blood and both were taken to Stirling Royal Infirmary where they were nursed back to health.
Anne, who is a mum of five, now lives in Grangemouth and wanted to surprise her youngest daughter, Kimberley, as well as thank the two men who saved her life at the birthday party on Friday in Grangemouth.
Anne said: “She’s been overwhelmed by the surprise. Everyone had a great night, it was absolutely amazing.”
College student Kimberley weighed little more than a bag of sugar when she was born at 28 weeks and Graeme said it was a great retirement gift to be invited along to her party. He said he had often wondered what became of her and was delighted to find out the family was looking for him.
He said: “It was nice to see her grown up and enjoying her life. I remember the job well so it was satisfying and rewarding to find out how she was doing. “It can be a difficult job – paramedics can get a lot of grief from people but jobs like this remind you why you’re doing the job.
“She gave us a big welcome and thanked us personally. I told her she looked a bit different to the last time I saw her. I said ‘you’ve now got lots of hair and I’ve got none!’.”
They each have over 20 years service. Graeme now lives in Tillicoultry and retired through ill health in December. Stuart is still operational and is based out of Falkirk.
Anne thanked the whole team at the Auld Toll Tavern for hosting the birthday bash and Eileen Campbell who provided the buffet.