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Sunday 27 May 2018

New mum flying high after helicopter dash

Siobhan Lawlor and baby Kielan Martin from Arranmore Island, Donegal
Siobhan Lawlor and baby Kielan Martin from Arranmore Island, Donegal

Aine Bonner

A NEW mum's feet were just about back on the ground yesterday having arrived home with her baby – who was born after a helicopter dash to hospital.

Siobhan Lawlor (37) from Arranmore Island in Co Donegal, was delighted to be back in the comfort of her own home with baby Kielan Martin, who was clearly in a rush to introduce himself to the world.

The baby boy – who weighed in at 6lbs 6oz – was delivered by a Coastguard paramedic in the corridor of Letterkenny General Hospital just minutes after the chopper landed there on Friday night.

Siobhan had to be airlifted from Arranmore after going into labour – but she never expected such a speedy delivery. She started getting pains at around 6.30pm on Friday evening and rang the doctor at around eight o'clock.


She explained: "The doctor told me over the phone that she could get the lifeboat launched."

But instead of a typical medical evacuation from the island involving the RNLI lifeboat, Siobhan found out that she was being airlifted after receiving a call from Malin Head Coastguard.

"When I got onto the helicopter they told me it would take 12 to 15 minutes to get to the hospital and asked me if I could hold on."

When they touched down, Siobhan was rushed to the maternity unit but didn't quite make it to the delivery ward – Irish Coastguard winchman and paramedic Gary Robertson delivered her baby right there and then.

"When he was born I just couldn't stop laughing. I couldn't believe it had actually happened so fast. I haven't slept properly since from the adrenaline."

Irish Independent

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