Shropshire

Telford car crash couple reunited after daughter's birth

Mike Roberts and Ginny Magrath Image copyright Mike Roberts
Image caption The new parents were reunited at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford

A pregnant woman had to have an emergency Caesarean after she was involved in a crash while on the way to hospital.

Ginny Magrath was going for a check-up in Telford with her husband Mike Roberts when the crash happened.

They were taken to separate hospitals and only reunited after the birth of new daughter Amber four weeks early.

Mr Roberts said both he and Ms Magrath had broken ankles but Amber was "unharmed" and "progressing well".

Ms Magrath, 29, was taken to the Royal Shrewsbury (RSH), where she had an emergency Caesarean, while Mr Roberts, also 29, went to Telford's Princess Royal following the crash on Wednesday in Shropshire.

"Thank you to all family, friends and NHS staff that have helped us along the way," Mr Roberts said on Facebook.

Ms Magrath, who works in the pathology unit at the RSH, said: "I was very apprehensive, but the team were all fantastic."

"From what was a really scary time, the whole experience has just been so positive. The care we have had could not have been any better and I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in our treatment and in going the extra mile to make sure Mike and I could be together as much as possible," she added.

Ms Magrath's mother, Sharon, who works on the maternity unit, said: "Not sure where to start in thanking so many staff who have been involved in caring for my precious family."

First child

Amber, who is the couple's first child, is "doing everything at 100mph", the new mother added.

"It's almost like she knows Mike and I need her," she said.

Mr Roberts has since been reunited with his partner and introduced to his new daughter at the hospital in Telford, where the couple are both being treated for injuries sustained in the crash.

"We are delighted that what started out as such a frightening incident has had such a positive outcome for Ginny, Mike and baby Amber," Jo Banks, from Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust which runs the two hospitals, said.

"We wish Mike and Ginny a speedy recovery and all the best for their future."

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