The search is on for the hero passersby who helped a mother give birth outside a strip club after she was ‘turned away’ from hospital.
Little Louis Hines was born on Tottenham Court Road, central London, at 7am on December 22 last year.
Now, as Louis approaches his first birthday, his mother Lizzie Hines has revealed her astonishing story of being turned away from University College London Hospital shortly before giving birth to him.
Writing on Facebook, the mother said: ‘Louis was born on a pavement opposite Spearmint Rhino.
Mother Lizzie Hines cradles newborn Louis in on a central London street where she gave birth after being turned away from a hospital shortly before
‘Some parts of this stranger-than-fiction experience are still very vivid.
‘I remember so clearly lying down, seeing the ankles of commuters around me and knowing what was about to happen.
‘I remember the feeling of Louis’ limbs rushing out of my body.
‘I remember trying to tell everyone that he had been born into my pyjamas — ‘he’s here!’ and the incredulous face of my husband. Then press Louis against my skin.
‘I don’t remember getting up off the pavement, the cheers of strangers declaring “it’s a Christmas miracle!”, the faces of the people, or who wrapped us up.’
Mrs Hines said kind-hearted and quick-thinking strangers leapt to her aid — one fetched her a wheelchair and an off-duty doctor fought his way through the crowd to declare Louis healthy.
‘Some people from the crowd found us later in the hospital which is a bit of a blur, one was a happy weeper from Venezuela.’
Little Louis a year on: The tot is wrapped in the same scarf that was given to his mother when she gave birth to him on the street
Pictured: Lizzie Hines is on the hunt for the kind stranger who gave her a scarf to wrap up her baby Louis after he was born in the middle of the street
Mrs Hines also said there was a ‘longer tale’ concerning why she was turned away from the hospital, adding that involves a ‘thorny issue’ of how women are cared for in the stages of early labour.
On her arrival she was told she could not be admitted because she had only been in labour for two and a half hours, reports Buzzfeed.
She was told to come back in six hours, checking into a hotel nearby in the meantime.
But within half an hour, Mrs Hines and her husband were already rushing back to the hospital for her to give birth – but only made it as far as Tottenham Court Road station before Louis came into the world.
She wrote: ‘But thankfully Louis was absolutely fine and this was a euphoric and beautiful birth, and a strangely festive entrance!’
The grateful mother is now trying to get in touch with the passer-by who lent her their scarf.
She added: ‘To the person who gave away their scarf to a stranger on a cold day and wrapped up my sweet baby Louis, I’m wondering if I can find you?
‘So, the scarf. If you can share this picture I’d be very grateful (here’s me and Louis on the street, and Louis snuggling in it now.)
‘It feels like a fitting week to return it and introduce my babbling, toddling baby to a member of his welcoming party.’
A UCLH spokesman told Buzzfeed: ‘After Mrs Elizabeth Hines gave birth last December, we carried out an internal investigation so that we could learn from her experience and reduce the risk of it happening again.
‘We have also apologised to Mrs Hines.’
Mrs Hines posted on Facebook this week in a bid to find the person who gave her the scarf