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Introducing the baby born mid-flight over Cornwall

Introducing the baby born mid-flight over Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:38pm 20th August 2018. (Updated at 3:47pm 20th August 2018)

Introducing Torran MacDonald - the baby boy born on a Coastguard helicopter over Cornwall.

The chopper was scrambled after mum Alicia went into labour whilst on holiday on the Isles of Scilly.

Crews stopped to pick up midwife, Linda Benson, before flying straight to St Mary's.

However. the tot did not want to wait and was born mid-flight on the way to Treliske, at 1400ft over Penzance.

Little Torran was welcomed into the world weighing 7lbs 8oz and is a brother to  big sister Fearne.

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Midwife Linda, parents Alicia and Sandy and little Torran - the tot born on board the Coastguard helicopter over Cornwall

"It was a very lovely delivery. Everything was in control, mum was quite surprised, dad was quite surprised but everything was fine. 

"Pregnant women in labour tend to go into their own little space so they tend to be oblivious to everything around them. She was having gas and air, she was quite happy and she was very in control; she was amazing.

"So we just dried the baby off, put baby skin to skin with mum, which is a normal thing, and wrapped them up and then within about 5-6 minutes we landed at Treliske".

Linda Benson, Community Midwife

With the help of the midwife and crew, Torran arrived 8.53pm as the helicopter made its way to Truro.

Midwife Linda was full of praise for the crew of Rescue 924, describing them as incredible.

"Everything is on board. It's like a mini ED unit inside the helicopter so I felt really safe.

"I'm used to doing home-births in really remote areas so to do one on a very controlled helicopter was quite supporting really.

"I didn't feel like I was on a helicopter at all. It's very, very stable. I was a bit concerned I'd feel sick because I don't travel very well but I didn't at all; it was absolutely fine.

"The only thing that's different is obviously you have to wear headsets and all your communication is done through a mouthpiece, so even the lady who was delivering the baby had to have one of these headsets on because you can't hear anything - it's completely deafening inside the helicopter".

Community Midwife Linda Benson

You can read more about little Torran's arrival and how the Coastguard helicopter helped here.

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