ALL-ACTION dad Matty Palin proved he is handy to have around the house – after helping to deliver his baby son on the bathroom floor.
The 23-yer-old, from Millfield, was among family members who sprang into action after hearing his partner Kate Baines’ frantic calls for help.
The mum-to-be was at home when she suddenly went into labour, sparking panic as the baby became fastened in his umbilical cord.
Matty had tried calling for an ambulance, but there was no time to make a dash to hospital.
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Instead, the car production operator and his girlfriend’s mum Donna Baines, 50, helped deliver the baby on the bathroom floor.
“It was all a bit of a shock,” said Matty. “I was ready for Kate to go into labour, be taken to hospital and give birth surrounded by doctors and nurses.
“What I didn’t expect was to deliver my own son myself on the bathroom floor.”
After telephoning a midwife for advice, Matty then called Kate’s mum, who arrived at the house within minutes to help.
“We were doing our best to calm Kate down,” said Matty. “I was told to get some towels while her mum stayed with her.
“She lives over the road, so she was there straight away.
“By this time the baby was starting to arrive and we noticed the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck.
“Thank God the paramedics arrived just in time. They were amazing.”
After paramedics helped deliver the baby, named Kai, hairdresser Kate, 20, was takento Sunderland Royal Hospital with her newborn for a check-up.
“I was in absolute shock,” she said. “I didn’t expect it to happen so quickly.
“I felt my contractions and every time I moved I thought the baby would come.
“I just shouted for help. I was in a panic.”
Kate’s dad David, who also dashed to the house, helped comfort Kai, wrapping him in a Sunderland AFC dressing gown to keep him warm.
“We’re just pleased they are both okay,” he said. “And we hope the dressing gown is a sign.
“He’s bound to grow up to be a Sunderland fan.”
The 50-year-old said mum and son have now recovered after the surprise delivery on February 21.
“Kai had to stay in hospital for a while, but he’s okay now,” said David. “He’s doing well.”