A 41 – year- old Nigerian banker identified as Toyin Ogundipe , aboard an Air France flight, was delivered of a baby boy mid- air about 35 , 000 feet above sea level and four hours away from the destination .
The mother of two who lives in the UK had gone into labour a week earlier than her delivery date , and was in childbirth pains and having contractions about 10 minutes apart .
The baby , who was named Jake , was delivered after a 30 – minute labour ,
Mailonline states .
A second – year urology resident , Dr . Sij Hemal, who was also a passenger in the plane , helped with the delivery of the baby half – way through an eight -hour flight from Paris to New York .
Dr . Hemal , who spoke to Mailonline , said he was just glad everything went smoothly — and was relieved it all happened before he ’ d had any champagne .
He said , “ We’ re trained to stay calm and think clearly in emergency situations . I just tried to think ahead to what might go wrong and come up with a creative solution . ”
While talking about his fear , he mentioned that his biggest fear was that the mother could die from bleeding or shock after birth .
But looking back , he insists it all went as well as it could have done .
“ I thought I ’ d just have a drink and fall asleep . As it turned out, I ’ m glad I didn ’ t drink anything , ” he said .
Dr . Hemal, who had been on vacation in New Dehli, India, was flying coach class via Paris and New York on his way back to Cleveland , Ohio , on December 17 .
Coincidentally , when the flight attendants came to ask him for advice , the urologist at Cleveland Clinic ’ s Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute discovered he was seated next to Dr . Stefanie Ortolan, a pediatrician from France .
The pair were ushered over to Ogundipe , also in coach , who was complaining of chest pains and dizziness.
Ogundipe was in labour and having contractions about 10 minutes apart .
While the flight attendants took care of Ogundipe ’ s four – year – old daughter, Amy , the doctors used instruments and supplies in the flight’ s medical kit to routinely check her blood pressure , oxygen rate , and pulse .
Within an hour , the contractions were coming more frequently , occurring seven , then five and finally two minutes apart .
“ My initial plan was to monitor her and her vitals, but we did a cervical exam and that ’ s when her water broke , ” he said .
“ That’ s when we knew we were going to deliver on the plane, ” Dr . Hemal added .
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