A mother is hoping for a Christmas miracle this year as she tries to trace the Good Samaritans who came to her aid when she was forced to give birth in the street after being turned away from hospital.
Lizzie Hines, 35, became a proud mum last Christmas when she gave birth to son Louis on the pavement outside the Spearmint Rhino strip club in central London.
A crowd of well-wishers flocked to her aid on December 22 as she gave birth in the street while rushing back to UCH hospital after initially being turned away by medics.
One year on, she is now hoping to trace the people who helped her give birth in order to send them her thanks.
She specifically wants to trace one kind-hearted Londoner who swaddled her new-born baby in their scarf on the chilly morning a few days before Christmas.
Mrs Hines, from north London, told the Standard: "We went to UCH but they told us to go home and come back later as I wasn’t far along enough. We checked in at a nearby hotel and then quickly tried to make it back to the hospital."
However, before she could return she realised that she wouldn't make it in time.
She said: "My husband thought we were sitting down for me to have one last contraction before he carried us, running, into the hospital. But I knew I was sitting down to have the baby. I just couldn’t speak at that point to tell him."
"I wasn’t thinking about the outside world, I was just focused on giving birth to my baby - which for us was the most all consuming and beautiful experience."
"I have no idea who the scarf owner is, the events are such a blur.
"But how wonderful that the first thing that wrapped up Louis' little pink body, was clothing from a stranger wanting to keep him warm.”
Miss Hines took to Facebook in a plea to find the person who gave up the item of knitwear.
Posting a picture of baby Louis wrapped in the scarf, she wrote in an emotional post: “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?”
Mrs Hines described the experience as “stranger than fiction”.
She wrote: “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’s 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."
The mother-of-one praised the "amazing" Londoners who ran to her aid.
She wrote:“An amazing someone ran to get a wheelchair. Another amazing someone - an off-duty doctor (who first thought I was a noisy drunk) came through the crowd and declared Louis healthy."
"It was only afterwards when I reflected that giving birth on one of the busiest roads in the country probably wasn’t the best idea," she added.
University College Hospital has since apologised to Mrs Hines. A spokesperson said: "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 hopes to be reunited with the person who gave her the scarf a year on from the birth so that they can meet Louis.
“It feels like a fitting week to return it and introduce my babbling, toddling baby to a member of his welcoming party,” she said.
So far the Facebook post has been shared hundreds of times by well-wishers hoping to help Mrs Hines find the owner of the scarf.
As yet, no one has come forward.