Elise and Scott Hanlon with their daughter Francis Grace, who was born in the family car, just like her mum.
Elise and Scott Hanlon with their daughter Francis Grace, who was born in the family car, just like her mum. Tanya Easterby

Dad saves his newborn daughter's life

A GYMPIE father has a "special bond" with his newest little girl after he saved her life when she was born in the front seat of the family car.

Little Francis Grace Hanlon, Frankie for short, had her umbilical cord wrapped tightly around her neck. Her father's quick thinking saved her life.

Frankie is not only a little sister to Sasha, 13, Evey, 8, Laila, 6, and Skye, 3, but the second generation born in a car.

Elise was also delivered by her father in a car, at Point Cook and that birth made newspaper headlines too.

Frankie couldn't wait for parents Scott and Elise Hanlon to make it to Gympie Hospital, and was born in the car on the way.

Elise was in painful labour as Scott drove to hospital on Sunday afternoon, however they had to put the brakes on during the trip - twice.

The family was first caught at a red light at the new traffic lights at the corner of Exhibition and Ramsey Rds and they made it only as far as the Southside Medical Centre before Scott had to stop again.

Luckily he did because as he pulled the car over, Elise told him their little girl would have to be born right there.

To add more pressure on the local renderer and his wife, as Frankie was born, Scott could see her head was blue with the cord tightly wrapped around her neck twice.

"I could hear the panic in Scott's voice," Elise said.

However Scott kept cool and told Elise to stop pushing. He gently held Frankie's head and removed the tight cord from around his daughter's neck.

Minutes later they made it to the hospital, with Frankie wrapped in a towel and her mum blowing air in her face and rubbing her to keep her breathing.

Stunned hospital staff greeted the family at the doors.

"One of the nurses said I saved her life," Scott said. "I said, 'I'm the dad, that's what I'm meant to do'."

Elise said Scott stopping the car to help with the birth probably saved Frankie's life.

"I'm so proud of Scott."

As for Scott, he's just proud he could help keep his baby healthy.

"I'm the dad; that's what dads do."

Gympie Times

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