Baby born on Coastguard helicopter from Scilly

August 20, 2018

A baby boy was born on board a Coastguard helicopter 1,400ft above Penzance after his mother went into labour on the Isles of Scilly.

 

The Newquay Coastguard helicopter was called by South West Ambulance at 7pm on Saturday (August 18th) when Alicia MacDonald's baby began arriving while she was on the islands to conduct a friend's wedding ceremony.

 

 

There is a midwife on Scilly but a standby team is brought in from the mainland when she is not available. The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust said that midwives train with the Coastguard helicopter based at Newquay "so that everyone on board is well prepared to transfer a mother in labour" to Treliske.

 

After leaving Newquay, the helicopter picked up midwife Linda Benson then landed at St Mary's Airport, where it collected Alicia MacDonald and her husband Sandy. The aircrew and passengers then set off to the hospital in Truro. 

 

However, the baby did not wait until the helicopter arrived at its destination to make his appearance. The midwife delivered 7lb 8oz (3.4kg) Torran with the help of the crew at 8.53pm.

 

Torran, who has a sister Fearne, was healthy and "doing well", said a Coastguard spokesman.

 

 

Mum Alicia said: "Torran is doing fine and we'd like to thank the Coastguard, the midwife and the midwifery team at the hospital."

 

Jonathan Mustard, Aeronautical Operations Controller for HM Coastguard, 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."

 

Another boy was born on a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose on the way to Treliske in 2013 after the mother went into labour on Scilly. 

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