A DALRY mum has sent a heartfelt thanks to Scottish Ambulance Service staff for their "amazing" care after she gave birth NINE weeks early.

Lynsey McCourt was 31 weeks pregnant when she was awoken at home last year by a “popping feeling”.

She looked down and was haemorrhaging. Sensing she needed to go to hospital urgently, she called her husband, Kenny, 36 and a coach driver, and then phoned 999.

Lynsey, 34 and a senior care assistant, praised call handler Paige Sawers, and also the ambulance crew of Kieran Donnelly and Scott Wright from Kilbirnie Station, saying she would be “forever grateful” for the care she received during the safe delivery of her baby son, Leo, her fourth child.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Leo was born nine weeks earlyLeo was born nine weeks early (Image: Scottish Ambulance Service)

She said: “I got woken up at 5am with a popping feeling; I looked down and my bed was covered in blood.

“I phoned my husband then the ambulance. The call handler on the phone kept me talking and kept me calm.

"I have other kids, who I had woken up in the panic, and I was able to stay calm for them as the call handler spoke to me through it all until the paramedics arrived.

“The paramedics got me straight in the ambulance and to the hospital really quickly and the maternity staff were waiting for me outside when we arrived at the hospital."

In Crosshouse Hospital, she said she received a blood transfusion, having lost two litres of blood.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Lynsey said Leo is now thrivingLynsey said Leo is now thriving (Image: Scottish Ambulance Service)

She added: “Because everyone did their job so fantastically, I got to the hospital very quickly and doctors were able to deliver my baby safely.

“My baby boy had a few wee blips with his lungs and chest but again the doctors did an incredible job to resolve these.

“Leo is now seven-and-a-half-months-old now, is thriving and has no other issues with his health.

“Every person who cared for us before and after I delivered my baby was amazing and compassionate - I am forever grateful for the care we received.

“I would also love to say a massive thank you to all the staff in maternity Crosshouse NICU for taking care of our son.

“All the nurses and doctors are angels in my book and deserve all the respect.

"The care they provide in there to babies and families that are going through something as scary as this is amazing.”