BABY Julka was born in a rescue helicopter on September 23 during the transport of her mother by the Helicopter Rescue Medical Service Air Transport Europe (VZZS ATE) to Bratislava from its base in Poprad, the spokesperson of VZZS ATE, Sylvia Galajda, told the TASR newswire. The mother had originally been hospitalised in Prešov and was being transported to a better-equipped hospital because of the baby's cardiovascular condition.
“We received a request for the transport of a patient who had already started childbirth – a premature childbirth – and the baby had a grave congenital heart defect that was diagnosed prenatally,” Kořínek told TASR. He added that the flight, 105 minutes long altogether, was going without incident until the last ten minutes when the birth could no longer be delayed. Kořínek said the mother was very brave and the baby girl was born weighing 1.7 kilograms. A woman obstetrician from Prešov was also onboard.
“This was a high priority transport, due mainly to the baby and her condition. She was immediately taken to the cardiovascular hospital and underwent surgery,” Kořínek said. The new mother, aged 34 and from Kežmarok, was immediately taken to Kramáre Hospital and her baby was taken to the Children’s National Centre for Cardiovascular Diseases. Ga- lajda said that this was the first known birth in a rescue helicopter in Slovakia.
Kořínek said that the girl, named Julka, was literally “air-born” at 10:45 somewhere over Malá Mača in the Galanta district.
18. Oct 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská