Alex Txikon Acts as Midwife in Emergency Helicopter Birth

Just when the adventure seemed over, some unexpected drama befell Alex Txikon and his winter Manaslu team. Oswald Perreira and Simone Moro had returned to Kathmandu, but Txikon and his group remained in Base Camp yesterday to pack. They then boarded a helicopter to Kathmandu.

On a refueling stop in Samagaon, they were asked to take a pregnant woman to hospital. She was in labor, but the baby was having problems.

The situation was critical, and the mother almost died in the helicopter while she tried to give birth. Alex Txikon assisted the woman as well as he could. He tried to put the baby in position, and eventually, managed to help bring the woman’s baby boy to life.

The entire team ran to the hospital to check on the mother and the child. After a few hours of medical care, they were both recovering well and resting.

Angela Benavides is a journalist specialised on high-altitude mountaineer and expedition news working with ExplorersWeb.com.

Angela Benavides has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of national and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporates, press manager and communication executive, radio reporter and anchorwoman, etc. Experience in Education: Researcher at Spain’s National University for Distance Learning on the European Commission-funded ECO Learning Project; experience in teaching ELE (Spanish as a Second Language) and transcultural training for expats living in Spain.

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Frederick
Frederick
4 months ago

Wow an amazing story and I am sure one they won’t forget. Amazing well done

elena
elena
4 months ago

It’s cooler than the summit of Manaslu!

Lenore Jones
Lenore Jones
4 months ago

I’m so glad he knew what to do. Amazing story.

Twinkletoes
Twinkletoes
4 months ago

OK that’s pretty awesome