Extreme Births: 1000 feet in the air

A baby was delivered in the back of a helicopter when the crew were scrambled to fly a mother in Labour from the remote northerly island of  Unst of Scotland.

Unst is a wild and beautiful island, but lacks all but the basic medical facilities. When the birth came early the decision was made to fly the coast guard Merlin Search and Rescue helicopter Romeo Charlie.

The delivery was successful and the 7lb baby arrived shortly afterwards at Lerwick hospital.

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