An Australian woman has tracked down the two paramedics who delivered her 26 years ago in the back of an ambulance and invited them to her wedding.
Alicia Marie Gambuti was born in the front seat of a Heathcote Victorian Ambulance vehicle, with paramedics Danny Lumby and his wife Margaret by her side, at 4.50am on September 17, 1992.
‘It’s a unique bonding experience you have when you help a mother deliver a baby,’ 67-year-old Danny, who is based in Victoria, told FEMAIL.
Alicia Marie Gambuti, 26, was born in the front seat of a Heathcote Victorian Ambulance vehicle (pictured with her parents, Danny (L) and Margaret Lumby (R))
‘Her parents were on their way to Bendigo Hospital. But just out of Heathcote Alicia decided she was coming into the world right then,’ Danny said.
‘They turned around and headed to the ambulance station for help.’
It was a frosty evening at -1 degrees Celsius but Danny’s wife Margaret woke him up because she could hear someone down at the station.
‘It wasn’t patrolled 24 hours a day. I had my trousers on but no shoes. A bloke was singing out “My wife, my wife!”‘ Danny said.
Danny gifted Alicia a bear that day, which she still has, and she made the front page of the Bendigo Advertiser the next day (pictured)
‘Margaret got the ambulance out, which had two heaters in it, and warmed up a rug to put Alicia in. When she came out we cut the cord and took her to the hospital.’
Danny gifted Alicia a bear that day, which she still has, and she made the front page of the Bendigo Advertiser the next day.
That could have been the end of their sweet story but six years ago Alicia’s father mentioned how nice it would be to find the pair, given how their paths had crossed.
‘I did a random Facebook search. Danny was absolutely blown away that I found him. He ended up calling me and we spoke about my birth and family in general,’ Alicia, a mother-of-two who lives in Geelong, said.
‘We ended up meeting around 18 months after that first contact when he came to Geelong and then around 12 months after that my husband and I had them over for dinner.’
Alicia (centre) asked Danny (right) to be the witness to her marriage certificate, just as he had been there for her birth certificate (Danny’s wife Margaret also pictured)
For Danny that first meeting was surreal and felt like an uncle meeting a niece for the first time.
‘I kept thinking “What’s wrong with me I have a big brick in my throat?”‘ He said.
‘I’m not usually emotional but it was such a warm and strange feeling… beautiful.’
He describes the couple as ‘a really good match’ and having ‘really old fashioned manners’ that he admired.
Their friendship continued, so when Alicia was due to marry her husband Alberto earlier this year she invited both Danny and Margaret to the wedding.
Danny describes the couple as ‘a really good match’ and having ‘really old fashioned manners’ that he admired
‘It was just a simple invitation. There wasn’t anything else I wanted than to have them there on my day,’ Alicia said.
‘I don’t think it would have been complete without them since we hold such a close relationship. They were beyond honoured to be there.’
She asked Danny to be the witness to her marriage certificate, just as he had been there for her birth certificate.
‘I felt I could have anyone but people come and go and then become distant memories. I knew straight away I wanted someone that I could look back on and not have anything hold me back from explaining why I asked them.
Just as it was cold on the day of her birth it was another chilly day on her wedding, Danny recalled, remembering the floor of the hall getting wet
‘He has played an unforgettable role in my life.’
Just as it was cold on the day of her birth it was another chilly day on her wedding, Danny recalled, remembering the floor of the hall getting wet.
But no amount of disastrous weather could stop the two families coming together again for a day of festivities.
‘Her youngest daughter was like a magnet with me at the wedding, we were playing with crayons and she said I was putting them back in the packet wrong,’ Danny said.
One of the best part of Alicia’s nuptials was hearing Danny telling everyone ‘that it will forever be a day he will never forget’ (pictured with Alicia’s husband Alberto)
‘I’ve been overwhelmed by it all, in a good way. They’re coming up in September to visit.’
One of the best part of Alicia’s nuptials was hearing Danny telling everyone ‘that it will forever be a day he will never forget’.
‘His words were simple: “You will always be like a daughter to me.”‘