A new Icelander arrived around midnight in the blizzard on Wednesday night while his parents were trying to get from Húsavík in Northeast Iceland where they live to the hospital in Akureyri. The boy was born in the ambulance.
Photo: Zoë Robert/Iceland Review.
The road across the Víkurskarð mountain pass was impassable. Local search and rescue team Garðar was called out, along with a snowplow to clear the old road through Dalsmynni, visir.is reports.
Midway through Dalsmynni the boy wouldn’t wait any longer. The birth went well and afterwards the ambulance managed to reach Akureyri where mother and child were admitted to the delivery room, both in good health.
The boy has not been named but his parents, Guðrún and Guðbergur, have been encouraged to name him Garðar after the search and rescue team and Ford after the ambulance.
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