VIDEO | Parents of baby born roadside name passers-by Lager Legends


Karlie Brady


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Port Douglas couple, Conan and Saalia Maestrom, delivered their baby on the side of the road and were relieved when passers-by stopped to help so they nominated them as Hemingway's Lager Legends. Image: Supplied.

When Port Douglas couple Conan and Saalia Maestrom gave birth on the side of a road the only passers-by happened to be former paramedic Ian Arcus and his wife Caroline, who have this week been crowned Hemingway’s Lager Legends.

Each week Hemingway’s Brewery FNQ are crowning a Lager Legend for their good deeds, big or small, in the Douglas or Cairns community, awarding them with a case of Hemingway’s signature lager, Tunnel Ten.

Mossman couple, Ian and Caroline were nominated for the Lager Legends by Conan and Saalia for their assistance in the birth of baby Summer a few weeks ago.

Conan and Saalia were en route to Mareeba hospital for the birth of their second baby but had only made it as far as the Little Mitchell River on the Mulligan Highway when the baby decided it was coming.

Saalia said they had stopped in a mobile dead spot, so were unable to call for help when her water broke.

“When I realised we weren’t going to make it I thought, cool we are going to be on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, okay we got this,” Saalia said.

In the midst of the coronavirus lockdown, there were very few cars on the road and the one that happened to pass by at the right time was former paramedic Ian who helped keep the couple calm while Caroline raced off to find phone reception to call for an ambulance.

See how it all unfolded in the video below:

Saalia said she was glad to have help there so she could just focus on delivering her baby.

“I was relieved someone was going to help us and we were not by ourselves with no reception

“In the end, it was a good experience, everything went well, and we are very blessed we had Caroline and Ian with us.”

A few weeks on and Mum and bub are doing well and the family has had the chance to reunite with the couple who stopped to help.

“It was a great moment to catch up, seeing them, showing them Summer, and saying thank you because at the time everything went so fast,” Saalia said.

Dad, Conan, who delivered his own baby said it was an amazing experience.

“In hindsight, everyone is fine and healthy, so it was the coolest experience you could ever have giving birth to your own child,” Conan said.

“It was a true blessing that Ian and Caroline came past.”

Alex Loughton, Marketing Lead at Hemingway’s Brewery, said they are getting a number of Lager Legends nominations coming in from around the Far North.

“We are excited to hear about the good things happening in the community,” he said.

“It’s great to see people getting behind each other during hard times and it’s also providing a positive message amongst all the negative news flooding our social media feeds at the moment.”

If you know of a good news story and someone who deserves to be a Lager Legend let Hemingway’s know by direct message to their Facebook page or by email to infohemingwaysbrewerycom 

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