Mid air first for baby Euan

 Wednesday 14 March 2012

A baby boy was the first to be born in mid flight in the air ambulance EC 135 helicopter on Saturday.

Euan Cameron was delivered by an air ambulance paramedic and a midwife while his mother was being transferred from Mull to Paisley for the birth. As the labour speeded up, the pilot changed course to land at Oban hospital, but baby Euan wasn’t for waiting and was born 4,000 ft above Loch Awe.

Mum, Marion and Euan were met later the same day by proud Dad, Ian who took his family home, safe and well.

Marion Cameron said: “We were in the helicopter at the time, we were airborne, 4,000 ft above Loch Awe when he was born. It was Loch Awe and it's got a grid reference so I don’t know how it will be on the birth certificate.”

Chris Aitcheson, the paramedic on board the helicopter, said: “Everybody was very calm and the birth was actually very quick. “Once the baby was on the way that was it and out he came, to the rather fantastic scenery of Loch Awe I think.”

The EC 135 air ambulance helicopters have been adapted so that they can carry a specially designed stretcher for use with maternity cases. This is the first time since the helicopters came into service in 2006, that a baby has been born in the air.