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Birth Begins 1,500 Above City in Helicopter

December 26, 1987

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Linda Olmo was still flying high Saturday, two days after her new daughter entered the world 1,500 feet in the sky.

A nervous Mrs. Olmo was being rushed by MedEvac helicopter to Hahnemann University Hospital when she began giving birth to an 8-pound, 2-ounce daughter Thursday.

Hours later she and her husband, Carlos, named the child Carla Medi to show their gratitude to the MedEvac crew.

Mother and daughter were doing fine Saturday.

″It was all so crazy,″ Mrs. Olmo said. ″It was like riding in an elevator.″

The child was due Monday, but Mrs. Olmo felt the first sign of labor while shopping for presents on Christmas Eve and went to Saint Mary Hospital in suburban Langhorne.

Doctors had planned to send Ms. Olmo to Hahnemann for the delivery because they detected potential problems with her heart. When she boarded the helicopter in Langhorne, no one considered the time short.

″The doctor said it’s going to be a long wait, but as soon as I got in the helicopter, everything happened so fast,″ she said.

While the helicopter was nearing the 14th-floor landing pad, Carla’s head emerged, prompting pilot Steven W. Gray to radio a message to the hospital.

″We’re having a baby up here,″ he said.

Dr. Joseph Talvacchia finished the delivery in the helicopter at 7:40 p.m.

″It was a really neat thing,″ flight paramedic David W. O’Connor said. ″It brought tears to all our eyes. Driving home from work, thinking over the incident, that was a Christmas gift in itself, just to do that.″

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