Students get ringside seats for childbirth
It's a boy! More than 180 students from 90 secondary schools erupted in spontaneous applause yesterday as they witnessed a baby being born through Caesarean section on a video link to the operating theatre.
It was part of the week-long MiniMed training programme held between Royal College of Surgeons and Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.
The delivery, which brought out the squeamish side of some of the teens, was relayed live from the the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin.
However, there was relief all round when obstetrician Dr Fergal Malone, the master of the Rotunda, held up the bouncing baby boy.
As part of the programme, students will also attend interactive lectures, receiving hands-on training in clinical skills and getting practical experience in medicine.
Professor Arnold Hill of Beaumont Hospital said: "It doesn't get much more hands-on than watching a baby being born in front of your eyes. It gives excellent insight into careers in medicine."