Police help doctor get to Gladstone for premature birth

GLADSTONE police turned emergency escorts on Thursday after a series of complications left local officers in charge of precious cargo, whisking a Rockhampton doctor down to deliver two extremely early arrivals.

With the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service chopper tasked to another job, the option of air transport was taken out of the equation.

And with Rockhampton ambulance teams also attending the same task as the RACQ chopper, it became a logistical mission for local and Rockhampton police, a Gladstone police spokesman said.

"We got a job as a transport, as ambos at Rockhampton were at the helicopter job, so we did a halfway meet with Rockhampton traffic branch at Marmor," the spokesman said.

Gladstone officers met Rockhampton traffic branch officers at Marmor, before the doctor was taken to Gladstone Mater Hospital, where he delivered the twins, born premature at 26 weeks.

The twins were flown to a Brisbane hospital shortly after their birth.



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