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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 March 2006, 18:39 GMT
Pregnant woman in airlift drama
Shirley Anne Hodge, Harry Crossan and baby Skye
Ms Hodge was taken to hospital in a Sea King helicopter
A pregnant woman had to be airlifted to hospital to give birth to her baby because of the wintry weather.

Shirley Anne Hodge, 18, from Dalmellington, went into labour in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The snow meant that a 40-minute journey to Ayrshire Central Hospital in Irvine took four hours and involved three vehicles, including a helicopter.

The 18-year-old gave birth to daughter Skye, who weighed in at 4lb 15oz. Mother and baby are both doing well.

The mother began her journey by ambulance, was transferred to a police jeep and then onto a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter.

'An adventure'

Her partner Harry Crossan accompanied her on the journey.

Ms Hodge said: "We got stuck in the ambulance and the same thing happened when we were in the police car. So the only solution was to go by helicopter.

"I had to walk in the snow for about five minutes in my dressing gown to get from the car to the helicopter, and I was also having contractions at that time.

"I was panicking in case we had to deliver the baby on the way to the hospital but we got there in the end.

"It was quite an adventure. It was such a relief to get to the hospital and have Skye in my arms, it was worth it all in the end."


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