Search

Special delivery in Swaffham for former soldier Ian

PUBLISHED: 06:30 30 November 2011

New born Ava-Grace Roper with her parents and grandparents (from left) Marcus-Lewis Roper, Sarah-Jane Roper, Ian Hindle and Petra Hindle. Picture: Ian Burt

New born Ava-Grace Roper with her parents and grandparents (from left) Marcus-Lewis Roper, Sarah-Jane Roper, Ian Hindle and Petra Hindle. Picture: Ian Burt

Archant © 2011

He has experienced war and been involved in conflicts around the world but nothing could have prepared Ian Hindle, a former soldier, for what happened in his living room last week.

The 42-year-old, who was a staff sergeant in the 26 Royal Artillery regiment, delivered his daughter’s baby, Ava-Grace Roper, in just 10 minutes on Wednesday morning at his home in Castle Acre Road, Swaffham.

“Being in the army, I’ve seen and done things which are not nice. Delivering my granddaughter was one of the most fantastic things I have had to do in my whole life,” Mr Hindle said.

The proud grandfather added: “I don’t get emotional but there was a bit of a lump in my throat once the adrenalin had gone.”

Ava-Grace’s mother, Sarah-Jane Roper, 19, had planned to give birth at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in King’s Lynn, but at about 5.30am 
she started to get contractions every 15 minutes.

Mr Hindle added: “Because my wife and I have had babies before and so has Sarah, we thought the birth wasn’t going to be imminent.

“The hospital said ‘don’t rush and get yourself ready to leave’. Then 15 minutes later Sarah-Jane felt sick and said the contractions were getting quicker.

“I said ‘forget the hospital’ and rang the paramedics. As I was on the phone to them Sarah’s water broke. The paramedics talked me through it and I got her into the front room. Minutes later Ava-Grace was here.”

The newborn weighed six pounds and eight ounces and afterwards both mother and baby were checked over by parademics, who arrived just after Ava-Grace was born. They were both healthy enough to stay at home.

Mr Hindle, who was based in Germany for 22 years with the 26 Royal Artillery regiment, added: “It was very surreal. At the end of it we all looked at each other and said ‘did that just happen?’”

Miss Roper said: “My mum was panicking but my dad was awesome. He put me in the right state of mind.”

sophie.wyllie@archant.co.uk

Other news

Around 6,000 inhalers used by asthma patients have been recalled by health officials.

Residents across Norfolk will be given the chance to quiz Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable.

More than 2,000 hours when ambulance crews could have been responding to other calls in Norfolk were lost due to delays in handing patients over at A&E last month.

A week of “bitterly cold” weather has been forecast for East Anglia.

Most Read

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

An aspiring naval engineer who claims her drink was spiked before she was caught drink-driving has issued a warning to others.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:42

A prolonged period of “bitterly cold” weather is on the way for East Anglia with day time temperatures staying below freezing.

Read more
Phil Garner
Yesterday, 14:00

Residents of three Breckland communities are being reminded consultations are still ongoing and their views are being sought.

Read more
Thetford Town Council
Sunday, February 18, 2018

Poor weather conditions prevented Swaffham residents from holding their annual pancake race in the market place but they still managed to make the most of the day.

Read more
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Proposals for a new, mixed-use housing development in Swaffham are due to be discussed at a public meeting.

Read more
Abel Homes

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 0°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Watton and Swaffham Times e-edition today
E-edition

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter