Sunday, April 01, 2001

Mother gives birth aboard helicopter

The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — A helicopter that took off with four passengers landed at the Ohio State University Medical Center with five Friday.

        A girl, Brooke Elizabeth, was born four minutes into the flight — to passenger Julie Dunlap of Urbana.

        Also on board the MedFlight helicopter were airborne medic Mike Hull, a nurse and the pilot.

        Ms. Dunlap, who has one other child, has a history of heart problems.

        When an intense and painful labor began Friday, her boyfriend, Mike Ropp, began driving her to Bellefontaine to deliver the baby.

        “About 10 minutes into it, she was complaining that the pain was real bad, so I pulled into the fire department at West Liberty,” Mr. Ropp said.

        The station's crew was on another run, so Mr. Ropp called 911 and an ambulance arrived.

        “As soon as I told them she had a heart condition, they said they were calling MedFlight,” he said.

        The child was born without complications. She and her mother were listed in good condition at the hospital early Saturday.


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