A baby born at home with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck is alive thanks to the quick-thinking actions of a next door “angel”.
Tiny Jonathan Madeka made his dramatic arrival when his mother Pache Mbombo went into labour unexpectedly with her husband at work.
Pache, 27, frantically called for an ambulance but was only midway through her call when Jonathan decided to make his entrance.
Family friend Sherene Barden, 40, heard the screams of the mother-of-three from outside and ran into house just as little Jonathan appeared.
She saw his umbilical word was wrapped around his neck and immediately realised the danger and pulled it free.
Grateful Pache said: “Sherene is my angel. She came in just at the right moment, just as I was pushing the baby out.
“She spotted the cord wrapped around his neck and saved his life.
“He was really cold so she wrapped him up while we waited for the ambulance to arrive.”
Husband Richard Madeka, a cleaner, was battling his way back to their home in Sheffield, but missed the birth by minutes.
Sherene said: “I picked him up, put the cord over his head and then he cried, so I knew he was fine. I was petrified but instinct just took over.
“It was one of those times where you just need to get on with it.
“I felt immense relief when I saw he was breathing.
“It was a very special moment. I went to see him again afterwards and I had a tear in my eye.”