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Hum    6,929

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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remixedcat    2,765

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

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compl3x    6,252

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

Perhaps conceived in one?

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remixedcat    2,765

Perhaps conceived in one?

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

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Hum    6,929

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

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*RedBull*    608

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

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ozgeek    157

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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Hum    6,929

^ Works for cats.

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*RedBull*    608

^ Works for cats.

Remixedcats I suspect ;)

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Growled    3,880

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

Only virgins can do that. :p

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remixedcat    2,765

Remixedcats I suspect ;)

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

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68k    290

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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TPreston    5,379

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

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remixedcat    2,765

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