RAF dash for premature twins

Twins born prematurely on a Scottish island are rescued by RAF Hercules aircraft.

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The twins, born at 27 weeks, were picked up from Stornoway on the Scottish island of Lewis by the Hercules, and were taken to the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow.

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The rescue began when their mother went into labour early, and was taken to the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway, in the Outer Hebrides. But, because she had gone into labour so early, a transfer to the maternity hospital is Glasgow was needed.

The RAF aircraft came to the rescue when the severe weather made the journey too dangerous for an air ambulance.

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‘We sent two consultants to Stornoway in the Sea King but, because of forecasts of snow and high winds, we didn’t feel it was safe to fly to the mainland,’ a Scottish Ambulance Service supervisor explains.

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