`Miracle` Aussie baby born during deadly floods

The woman was forced to deliver the baby at home with the help of relatives.

Last Updated: Jan 12, 2011, 13:22 PM IST

Sydney: An Australian woman gave birth to a baby boy as deadly floods devastated areas around her home, an official said on Wednesday.

Australian media dubbed Callum Jack Wieland a "miracle baby", with Sydney`s Daily Telegraph describing him as "living proof that amongst the despair in Queensland there is hope”.

Officials said Callum`s mother was at her home with family when she went into labour after flash floods on Monday swept at least 12 people to their deaths near Brisbane.

The woman was forced to deliver the baby late Tuesday with the assistance of relatives after an emergency helicopter was unable to reach because of the heavy rain.

"She was in a semi-rural property and the roads around her had been isolated," a spokeswoman for Queensland`s CareFlight helicopter said.

The woman and her newborn were eventually airlifted from their home at Bright View in the hard-hit Lockyer Valley west of Brisbane to hospital on Wednesday and both were reportedly in good health.

Bureau Report