07 February 2020, Friday 12:55:40

Woman gives birth on flight

It was one pregnant woman's worst yet luckiest day when she went into labor mid-air while on board a Qatar Airways flight this week.

It was one pregnant woman's worst yet luckiest day when she went into labor mid-air while on board a Qatar Airways flight this week. 

The Thai woman started feeling contractions shortly after the flight en route from Doha, Qatar to Bangkok, Thailand took off. Five crew members stepped in to help alongside a doctor who was luckily present.

Alena Fedchenko, a Ukrainian ear, nose and throat doctor, happened to be on the same flight and rushed to the woman's aid. The physician graduated from Kiev's medical university, where it's mandatory for doctors to learn the basics of obstetrics and gynecology. 

With Fedchenko and the crew's help, the passenger eventually gave birth to a baby boy even before the plane made an emergency landing in Kolkata, India. 

After the aircraft landed in the Indian city at around 3:15 a.m., both the woman and her newborn were transported to a local hospital. They were reported to be doing well following the incident. 

Fedchenko spoke of the experience in a statement saying even though she was worried about complications, the birth went as smoothly as it could've gone given the circumstances. 

"I cut the umbilical cord. The placenta went away. In a split second, I remembered everything I had once learned. Not a single muscle was trembling. I just simply started doing what I had to do. I put on gloves and prepared the woman. The baby was about to come out. It was the second stage of labour," she explained.

The mid-air birth was announced by the plane's pilot and celebrated by passengers who burst into applause and thanked Fedchenko for aiding the delivery. 

The doctor was later upgraded to business class and offered complimentary champagne. She wrote about the whole unique experience on Facebook, detailing how great it felt to have helped in the delivery.

Woman gives birth on flight

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