The lucky recipient was Station 9 Black Shift from the Naperville Fire Department, for their work in saving the life of both a mom and her baby.
On December 20, medics were called to a home where a woman had gone into labor, but with complications-the baby’s head was stuck and could not be delivered.
To make matters worse, the nearest hospital, Edward, was at full capacity, not accepting OB patients.
“I know they were really busy that morning and on bypass, so there wasn’t necessarily a whole lot of room for them, but we were able to communicate and paint the picture well of what needed to be done. And they understood and gave us the okay to do what we did,” said Sarah Schmidt, a firefighter and paramedic with the Naperville Fire Department.
Though the baby’s pulse stopped as well as the mom’s, the quick actions of the paramedics enabled the successful delivery of the baby just as the ambulance pulled into the ER drive of Edward, who granted accommodations due to the nature of the call.
Both mom and baby survived and were discharged after a short hospital stay.
The team’s effective communication, quality care and positive outcome made them a natural fit for the award, honoring those first on the scene.
“These are the first chain in health care that some people come in contact with and they really are in an environment that’s so different and not controlled. So we wanted to make sure we recognize those individuals so that they know the hospital appreciates what they do and let them know to keep doing the great job they’re doing,” said Dr. Daryl Wilson, an emergency physician at Edward Hospital.
The EMS Run of the Year award caps off the Run of the Quarter awards given every three months to recognize extraordinary work in the field.
Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.
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