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Valley Woman Gives Birth in Helicopter

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Valley Woman Gives Birth in Helicopter

CREATED Aug. 13, 2013

PALM SPRINGS - A unique story you don't hear every day - a woman gave birth to her first child in a helicopter. 

On July 30, Lisa Clinard was having back pains in her home in 29 Palms, and her husband called the hospital. The medical staff sent a ground ambulance to their home thinking Clinard might have kidney stones and needed to be treated, but her water broke before she was transported. 
"At that point, they decided to bring in the helicopter, and I actually said 'Okay, as long as I don't give birth in a helicopter' and they said that won't happen," said Clinard, "We assumed we had plenty of time, and we did not. She was born at 6,000 feet."
There were two flight medical staff on board who helped deliver the baby. The flight nurse, Edgar Lampano, said he trained how to deliver babies in helicopters during school, but he never thought he would actually do it.
"It was a very exciting experience, and I'm just glad to hear that the mom and baby are doing great," said Lampano.
Today, Lampano was reunited with Clinard at Desert Regional Medical Center where baby Courtney Rose is still under hospital care, having been born after 34 weeks and five days. Lampano got out of the helicopter with flowers and teddy bears for Courtney Rose and her parents.
"We probably wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them," said Clinard, "A lot of people are like wow how cool she was born in a helicopter, but you know it really isn't as cool as it sounds. It was scary."
Clinard shared her loved ones already gave her baby a nickname - "Helicopter Rose." Doctors say the baby is healthy and weighs five pounds. She is expected to be released from the hospital later this week.