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Woman gives birth in rescue helicopter

French Gazelle military helicopters arrive at the French army base camp airport in Sevare, Mali on Jan. 28.

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A woman has given birth to a 3,175g baby boy in a helicopter taking her to hospital from her home on the northernmost Shetland island of Unst in the UK.

Shetland Coastguard received a call from her doctor at 4:30am, asking about ferry times from the island to the hospital in Lerwick, capital of the island chain.

It was decided to send a helicopter, which landed on Unst 90 minutes later — but not soon enough, as it turned out.

The woman was quickly put on board, but minutes after the helicopter took off she started to give birth.

It was left to paramedic Marcus Wigfull, who had only ever visited maternity wards during his training, to deliver the child.

“To be honest, I wasn’t nervous,” said the 40-year-old father of two children aged five and 10.

“It all happened so quickly and my training just kicked in. It all went very smoothly.”

(Liberty Times)









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