A British mum has given birth to a baby boy mid-flight.

Alicia McDonald was visiting the Isles of Scilly, off the coast of Cornwall in southwest England, when she went into labour earlier than expected.
With no midwife on the island, emergency services were called to assist her.

A helicopter was set to take her to the nearest hospital in Treliske, Cornwall.

But while in the air, it seemed the baby had other ideas!

Torran McDonald was born above Penzance, 14,000 feet above land, weighing a healthy 7lb 8oz.

Midwife Linda Benson recalled the experience for Channel 5 News. “We thought we might make it to Treliske but we didn’t and about halfway through the journey she decided to have her baby,” she said. “Her waters went and it all increased and she had her baby.”

What a story to tell when little Torran grows up!

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  • Wonder if he will grow up to want to fly planes or his own helicopter


  • Good question. Most airlines do not allow passengers to fly near the impending due date of a baby.


  • What an amazing place to give birth. My only question is what will be his place of birth on his birth certificate.


  • Wow! That’s amazing! Good job on the midwife’s part!


  • OMG, what a story to tell for years. I imagine this one will be rolled out on every special occasion for this child.


  • Wow, how cool is that. Now that’s a story to tell when her little one is big enough to understand.


  • thats pretty cool to deliver in a helicopter!


  • Congrats to the parents, glad it all went well !


  • Oh wow! How far into the pregnancy was she?


  • Geez what a story to tell. Maybe the baby will have an interest in aviation.


  • I hate flying so this would really tip me over the edge. But a cool story to tell the kid later on!


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