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#1 Hum

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 15:13

A WOMAN has given birth in a helicopter at 1,000ft after failing to get to hospital in time from her remote island home.

A rescue helicopter crew was called to take the mother-to-be from Unst in the far north of Scotland to the nearest maternity ward but ended up delivering the boy themselves.

The mother and father were picked up from Unst, Britain's most northerly island located in Shetland, before arriving safely at Lerwick Hospital at 6.40am with their 7lb newborn.

The baby had been delivered by winchman paramedic Marcus Wigfull 10 minutes earlier.

Alex Dodge, watch manager at Shetland Coastguard, said: "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.

"We would like to congratulate the mother and father on the birth of their son, who is reported to be doing well."

The Coastguard received a call from the unnamed mother's doctor at 4.30am, asking about ferry times from Unst as she was in labour. They decided instead to launch the helicopter, which landed 90-minutes later and took the couple on board.

The baby could not wait and was delivered at 6.30am at 1,000ft above a small island called Lunna Holm.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 15:14

at least the baby wasn't born in a barn!

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 15:17

at least the baby wasn't born in a barn!



Perhaps conceived in one?

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 15:20

Perhaps conceived in one?


hopefully not a wal-mart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 15:21

I hear the Beatles in my head: "Well shake it up baby !" :woot:

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 16:04

Just goes to show that both sex and birth will occur no matter what.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 23:15

Just goes to show that both sex and birth will occur no matter what.


Yep because it's nature. You don't even need hospitals at all. People just go there as a precaution.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 23:35

^ Works for cats.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 00:13

^ Works for cats.

Remixedcats I suspect ;)

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 00:20

at least the baby wasn't born in a barn!


Only virgins can do that. :p

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 00:31

Remixedcats I suspect ;)


my real birth story is going to be made into a film....

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 00:42

Where next?!
At a shopping centre?
In the middle of a business meeting?
In the middle of an action movie scene?
While meeting the president?

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 00:43

Am I the only one who read the title and thought it meant birth while skydiving ?

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 00:45

my real birth story is going to be made into a film....


I thought it already had

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:15

I thought it already had


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