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Baby born in a broken-down elevator

By Richard Vernalls

A baby girl delivered in a broken-down lift has been named Ella, after the elevator she was born in.

Melissa Cavanagh called paramedics to her home, on the ninth floor of a block of flats, after she started having contractions on Friday, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

On arrival the three paramedics ruled out using the numerous flights of stairs to get the expectant mother to hospital, so Ms Cavanagh (23), boyfriend Paul Yeomans (25) and the medics all got into the lift, only for it to grind to a halt.

After being stuck for 20 minutes in cramped, hot conditions, the mum-to-be's contractions became increasingly frequent.

Nikki Wildman, one of the paramedics, said: "Firefighters managed to prise open the doors and we were able to take Melissa, Paul and their new bouncing baby girl to hospital."

Ms Cavanagh, of Reservoir Road, Rowley Regis, said: "Neither of us like lifts at the best of times so when it got stuck we panicked. The ambulance staff were really great.''

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