When a birth goes wrong

Casey Nathan left in the second ambulance at 1.08pm, together with Tukiri and the midwife. Her condition deteriorated rapidly. By the time paramedics sent from Hamilton met the ambulance between Ngaruawahia and Horotiu, she was, said paramedic Nigel Dawson, “as close to death as you can possibly be and still being alive, in my experience.”

Her blood pressure was so low it was unrecordable. “She was pale, she was clammy, she was very, very restless. She obviously had hypoxia [lack of oxygen], her heart rate was high.”
“Babe,” Nathan told Tukiri, “I’m gonna die.”