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UK woman gives birth in rescue helicopter

It was the second time a woman in labour had been flown to the mainland.

Written by PTI | London |
October 2, 2013 6:08:54 pm

In an unusual delivery,a woman gave birth to a baby boy mid-air in a Royal Navy rescue helicopter when she was being flown to a hospital. The woman gave birth in the chopper after Falmouth Coastguard received an emergency call from the Isles of Scilly on Wednesday.

The RNAS Culdrose crew tried to get her to hospital before delivery,but had to tell the coastguard the crew of seven had “just increased to eight”,BBC reported. Mother and baby are thought to be both doing well,after being examined at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. The child was delivered by a midwife who had flown out to St Mary’s.

Lt Cdr Chuck Norris,the observer on board the helicopter,said the baby boy was born “somewhere over the river Fal” about 10 minutes before landing.

“The midwife started to get a little bit excited and said we’d better start getting prepared for the birth,” he said.”So,we got the equipment ready and we gave mum as much encouragement as we could.” According to the coastguard,it was the second time a woman in labour had been flown to the mainland.

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“But,the one earlier made it to the hospital in time,” a spokesman was quoted as saying by BBC. “It’s quite unusual,but it has happened before,a long time ago,” he said.

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First published on: 02-10-2013 at 06:08:54 pm
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