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Northern NSW : Rescue Winter15
Violet blooms in island home One of the great stories to come out of the recent wild weather was the birth of Violet Boland, as reported in the Newcastle Herald (1 May, 2015). Gareth and Clare Boland had only moved to the Lower Hunter in September 2014 and Clare had not made any real close acquaintances. By April 2015 she was heavily pregnant, overdue in fact, and surrounded by swirling floodwater in Gillieston Heights. On the Tuesday when the storm hit, Gareth was caught on the Maitland side of the floodwater. On Wednesday he managed to organise a lift in a private boat to get back to his wife’s side. Thursday was spent preparing a plan involving midwives and health workers already in town. Clare’s contractions started about midnight on Friday and she was airlifted to the John Hunter Hospital at 4.30am on Saturday. ‘ We were told to ring triple 0 when needed and it would be done ... and it was,’ Clare said. ‘ I stayed at home for a few hours trying to confirm whether it was real labour because I didn’t want to cause a fuss. ‘ The last thing I wanted was to wake everyone with a false alarm.’ But by 4am Clare was at the community centre with medical staff as the Westpac Rescue Helicopter dropped in to pick her up. ‘ I didn’t really know anyone and suddenly everyone sort of knew me,’ said Clare. She was transported back to Maitland Hospital at midday on Saturday. And the possible claimant to the title of ‘Youngest Rescue Club Member’ was born on Sunday. She was named Violet, and she has the love of all the Service staff willing her to bloom and grow. ‘ Everyone has just been great, they have all looked after us,’ said Clare. ‘ It’s just so overwhelming and just so lovely. ‘ The whole town knew, so it was under control to some extent. ‘ Organised chaos I suppose. ‘ I have made a fair few friends now.’ ‘We were told to ring triple 0 when needed and it would be done ... and it was,’ Clare said. Clare Boland, of Gillieston Heights, and her daughter Violet, who was born amid the chaos of the floods. Picture by Max Mason-Hubers and courtesy of the Newcastle Herald. RescueClub 3 Rescue Magazine WINTER 2015
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