British woman gives birth in helicopter

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 15:50 hrs

London, Dec 11 (IANS) A woman in Britain Tuesday gave birth in a helicopter flying at a height of 1,000 feet after being unable to get to hospital in time from her remote island home.

A rescue helicopter crew was called to take the woman from Unst in the far north of Scotland to a hospital, but the crew ended up delivering the boy themselves, the Telegraph reported.

The baby was delivered by winchman paramedic Marcus Wigfull, at 1,000 feet over a small island called Lunna Holm.

"This is the first time that a baby has been delivered on the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Sumburgh in the Shetland Islands," an official told the daily.

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