Mother who gave birth inside an airborne helicopter thanks everyone for her baby

A mother who went into labour 1,400 feet in the air has thanked everyone who helped her during the birth of her son after a midwife emergency.

Torran was born inside a Coastguard helicopter above Penzance in Cornwall on Saturday night.

His mother, Alicia MacDonald, was caught off guard while visiting the Isles of Scilly to conduct the ceremony for a friend’s wedding and went into labour earlier than expected.

With no midwife on the islands, the Coastguard was asked by the South West Ambulance Service to fly Mrs MacDonald and her husband Sandy to the mainland.

However, Torran was in such a hurry he decided to make an appearance on board the chopper.

At 8.53pm, with the help of the midwife Linda Benson and aircrew, the healthy baby boy was born, weighing 7lb 8oz.

Mrs MacDonald said: "Torran is doing fine and we’d like to thank the coastguard, the midwife and the midwifery team at the hospital."

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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."

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