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21st Aug 2018

A woman gave birth to a baby boy at 1,400 feet in a helicopter

Kate Hendrick

This is an incredible story!

A mother gave birth to her son 1,400 feet up in the air last weekend.

Alicia MacDonald went into labour on Saturday while she was visiting the Isles of Scilly just off the Cornish coast. She was there to officiate her friend’s wedding ceremony.

There was no midwife on the island at the time so the expectant mum had no choice but to get in touch with the Coastguard.

The South West Ambulance Service collected Alicia and her husband, and flew them back to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

But, their newborn couldn’t wait until they were back on the ground.

Tooran MacDonald arrived at 8:53pm with the help of midwife Linda Benson. He weighed 7lb 8oz.

Since giving birth, Alicia has thanked everyone who helped her family out. According to The Guardian, she said:

“Torran is doing fine and we’d like to thank the coastguard, the midwife and the midwifery team at the hospital.”

The aeronautical operations controller for HM Coastguard, Jonathan Mustard said:

“This is the second time that a baby has been born on board a Coastguard helicopter.”

“The last one was born over Lunna Holm, Shetland in December 2012.”

“It’s rare to hear that our helicopter launched with seven people on board but were preparing to land with eight.”

“Congratulations mum and dad.”