Doctor, 27, delivered a Nigerian baby on a plane from Paris to New York after fellow passenger went into early labor mid-flight Doctor, 27, delivered a Nigerian baby on a plane from Paris to New York after fellow passenger went into early labor mid-flight
A 27-year-old medical doctor returning from his best friend’s wedding helped a Nigerian passenger deliver her baby when she went into labor mid-flight last month.... Doctor, 27, delivered a Nigerian baby on a plane from Paris to New York after fellow passenger went into early labor mid-flight

A 27-year-old medical doctor returning from his best friend’s wedding helped a Nigerian passenger deliver her baby when she went into labor mid-flight last month.

Dr Sij Hemal, a second-year urology resident at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, was awaiting a glass of champagne on an Air France flight from Paris to New York on Dec 17 when fellow passenger, Toyin Ogundipe, 41, went into labor a week early. They were four hours from their destination and two hours away from a safe emergency landing when flight attendants asked for medical help over the loudspeaker.

 

Doctor, 27, delivered a Nigerian baby on a plane from Paris to New York after fellow passenger went into early labor mid-flight

 

Dr Sij indicated he was a doctor and when told what was going on, he jumped into action to deliver the passenger’s baby boy half-way through the eight-hour flight. He discovered at that point that the person seated next to him was Dr Stefanie Ortolan, a pediatrician from France. The pair were ushered over to Ogundipe who was complaining of chest pains and dizziness.

At first, Dr Hemal thought it could be kidney stones until she revealed to him that she was 39 weeks pregnant.

He said: “She was covered with a blanket so I couldn’t see that she was pregnant, but the pain she was describing sounded like contractions.”

 

Doctor, 27, delivered a Nigerian baby on a plane from Paris to New York after fellow passenger went into early labor mid-flight

 

Using the Air France flight’s medical supplies to monitor vitals and contractions, Dr Sij helped the woman safely deliver her son after 30 minutes of pushing. After delivery, he then a sed shoestring to tie and cut the umbilical cord for baby Jake.

Baby Jake now has a US passport because they were flying in US airspace. His mother is a Nigerian banker, who lives and works in the UK.

 

Doctor, 27, delivered a Nigerian baby on a plane from Paris to New York after fellow passenger went into early labor mid-flight

 

Speaking to Daily Mail Online, Dr Hemal said he was just glad everything went smoothly. He said 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. He also said he was relieved it all happened before he’d had any champagne.

Doctor, 27, delivered a Nigerian baby on a plane from Paris to New York after fellow passenger went into early labor mid-flight

Henry Okafor

  • Timonikia

    2018-01-18 #1 Author

    This is so beautiful congrats such a beautiful baby

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  • Timonikia

    2018-01-18 #2 Author

    Its always good to see miracles like this

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  • Hawaii

    2018-01-18 #3 Author

    I bet that was a very weird, but wonderful experience for him. Especially by him not having delivering a baby on his agenda

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  • Ahminah

    2018-01-18 #4 Author

    Good thing he was on the plane

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  • Maria

    2018-01-18 #5 Author

    What a miracle. Congrats

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  • TREn

    2018-01-18 #6 Author

    Wooah😍That’s wonderful

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  • Nelcy Agsay

    2018-01-19 #7 Author

    Such a miracle congrats to that beautiful baby❤️

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  • Kenisha Williams

    2018-01-19 #8 Author

    I’m happy u had a healthy beautiful baby … Such a great experience much love to your family ❤️

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  • Jane

    2018-01-19 #9 Author

    Lol what a story you have to tell the baby

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  • Winter

    2018-01-19 #10 Author

    GOD IS AMAZING 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾

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  • mzdimples dezondria

    2018-01-19 #11 Author

    This is so beautiful ! Wow

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  • mzdimples dezondria

    2018-01-19 #12 Author

    This is so beautiful!

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  • Jordyn

    2018-01-19 #13 Author

    That’s beautiful 🖤😍

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  • Hannah Lynne Benedicto

    2018-01-19 #14 Author

    Such a beautiful baby. Godbless your family ❤

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  • Hannah Lynne Benedicto

    2018-01-19 #15 Author

    Beautiful baby ❤

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  • Moneque Tinsley

    2018-01-19 #16 Author

    What a blessing

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  • Josh baxter

    2018-01-19 #17 Author

    Thats such a blessing

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  • Moriah

    2018-01-19 #18 Author

    This is beautiful 😍

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  • Moriah

    2018-01-19 #19 Author

    This is So beautiful 😍

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  • Phyllis

    2018-01-19 #20 Author

    Beautiful blessing

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  • Dazia

    2018-01-19 #21 Author

    That’s a blessing, God bless him for being on the plane

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  • Alexis

    2018-01-19 #22 Author

    Beautiful blessing

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  • Shundeshia

    2018-01-19 #23 Author

    That is a blessing and a i bet as a doctor a great experience! Congrats on the baby 🙂

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  • Damyra

    2018-01-20 #24 Author

    BEAUTIFUL ♥️ Very Lovibm

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  • T A

    2018-01-20 #25 Author

    Beautiful baby congratulations on such a beautiful experience

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  • Kimy Austria Herreria

    2018-01-20 #26 Author

    That doctor is meant to deliver that beautifuL baby.. What a blessing😍

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  • Bron

    2018-01-20 #27 Author

    Amazing. Congratulations!

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  • Amber huff

    2018-01-20 #28 Author

    Wow❤️ What a blessing! I definitely would’ve been scared out of my mind.

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