An ear-nose-throat (ENT) specialist successfully delivered a baby in mid-flight when the mother went into labour on board an aircraft.
Dr Alena Fedchenko, a Ukrainian, was flying with her husbnd from Doha to Bangkok en route to their holiday destination in Vietnam, when the flight staff made an announcement at around 3am asking if there was a doctor on board.
“I thought that someone got high blood pressure and I went there,” Dr Fedchenko said.
“They asked me if I had a medical licence. Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember mine off by heart,” explained Dr Fedchenko, who didn’t realise she was about to help with a delivery.
Even though she hadn’t delivered a baby before, the doctor says she managed to instantly recall what she’d learnt about the subject in medical school.
“I simply started doing my job. I put on the gloves and prepared the woman in labour. The baby was about to be born,” she explained.
Fortunately the process was quick and went smoothly. “The woman didn’t scream at all,” Dr Fedchenko said.
“I repeated over and over again that everything would be fine, that I’m a doctor and she’s in good hands. The boy was born in 15 to 20 minutes.”
The doctor said she was concerned about complictions, but the flight team did a great job assisting her and meticulously followed her instructions.
“I think the passengers had no idea what was going on. My husband and friends had no idea what I was up to.”
It was only when the captain made an announcement that a boy had been born during the flight that everybody started to clap.
The aircraft made an emergency landing in Calcutta, India, for the new mom and her baby to taken to a hospital.
“I did everything I had to, I felt as if I was at work,” Dr Fedchenko said. “But then the baby was born, I started feeling euphoria and nearly started crying. It was such a cute baby boy.”
The doctor said she’d love to find out what happened to the woman and was awaiting her contact details.
Sources: Magazine Features