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Storm Delays Medevac of Newborn

The Icelandic Coast Guard helicopter landed at Reykjavík Airport at 3:40 am this morning with a newborn baby who needed hospitalization, mbl.is reports.

The helicopter left Reykjavík at 5:38 pm yesterday, bound for Neskaupsstaður, the East Fjords, to pick up a two-day-old baby, who needed to be transported to Landspítali National University Hospital. (Weather conditions had previously prevented an airplane from being able to transport the baby.) A specialized doctor and a nurse were on board.

The helicopter landed in Höfn, Southeast Iceland, at 7:15 pm to refuel. It then took off again and attempted to land in Neskaupsstaður, but gusty winds of up to 35 meters per second prevented it from landing. The same thing happened in Stöðvarfjörður (to the south), but a successful landing was finally made in Breiðdalsvík, south of there, despite very windy conditions. The baby was transported by ambulance from Neskaupsstaður, and permission was granted to go through the new tunnel, since Oddskarð pass was impassable.

The helicopter then flew the baby to Höfn to refuel. A storm was moving through the East Fjords and the southeast, making conditions very difficult. The helicopter later continued on to Reykjavík.

No information is currently available regarding the baby’s condition.

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