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Anonymous2 May 2014
The passengers and crew on the BA082 from Abuja to London had a surprise yesterday – a mother went into labour and a baby was delivered inflight.
When the mother began going into labour the flight crew diverted the aircraft to Palma however the baby was born before the aircraft landed.2 May 2014
It was a baby boy, named Michael. The mother was only 26 weeks pregnant and was travelling to Washington DC via LHR. She was also travelling with her one year old daughter.
A public address was made for a doctor. A female doctor delivered the baby with cabin crew (Mixed Fleet) assisting.2 May 2014
Hats off to them all for that and I hope Mum and babe are fine?
I’ve been on three flights now when a call has gone out for a doctor, and there’s always been one on board. This amazes me as I understand in the UK you can wait up to a week for a doctors appointment yet on a plane one arrives in minutes 😉
Seriously though, I always wonder how many professions are on board the average flight, and if there’s always a doctor/dentist/pilot/ engineer on board…..2 May 2014
LP – you will remember that I started a thread on this a year or so ago (http://www.businesstraveller.com/discussion/topic/Is-there-a-doctor-on-board) and you contributed.
On a long-haul flight, if there is a doctor call, then two or three often answer – I have been part of a quick impromtu conference in mid-air to see which of us is best qualified to deal with the problem in question.
I absolutely take my hat off to the doctor and cabin crew who delivered the baby. Delivery at 26 weeks is quite perilous for the baby.3 May 2014
Thanks for the reminder David.
Haggis, I believe if you’re born on a US registered plane you become American. It used to be the case that you’d acquire the nationality of the country (or vessel) where you were born, but I think the law was changed a few years ago so you now have the nationality of your parents (US excepted) wherever you may be born.3 May 2014
Ah, LP, you touch on an interesting point … I have heard several medical calls on airplanes and a doctor always materializes. Does someone check that they ARE doctors? Do doctors carry ID?8 May 2014
Then you can also be a Dr but not be medically qualified. I stopped using my non-medical doctorate on tickets because of the surprising frequency with which I got a tap on the shoulder and “Excuse me, Sir – are you a doctor?”……..8 May 2014