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Irish Coast Guard crewman delivers baby boy in Letterkenny

The woman was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital but gave birth to the baby in the corridor with the help of the crew member.

The Rescue 118 helicopter.
The Rescue 118 helicopter.
Image: Irish Coast Guard via Facebook

THE IRISH COAST Guard has said today that one of the crew members on its Rescue 118 helicopter delivered a baby last night.

The crew was tasked with transferring a woman who was in advanced labour from Aranmore to Letterkenny General Hospital.

On its Facebook page, the coast guard said that the helicopter landed at the hospital and two paramedics started to wheel the women to the delivery suite. However she didn’t make it that far and began to give birth in the hospital corridor.

The paramedics left to get the midwife but the coast guard said today that “the baby had other plans”.

Crewman Gary Robertson had helped deliver the baby in the corridor of Letterkenny General Hospital by the time the midwifery team had arrived. The healthy baby boy and mother are both said to be doing fine.

The coast guard said this is the first baby Robertson has ever delivered. And “next time it could be in the back of the helicopter”.

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