A professor at the University of Toronto, Dr Ayesha Khatib, delivered a “miracle” baby belonging to a Ugandan migrant worker travelling home from Saudi Arabia, BBC reported.
The baby, named ‘Miracle Ayesha’ after Dr Khatib, was born healthy, despite being early at 35 weeks.
According to BBC, Dr Khatib was about one hour into her flight from Doha to Entebbe, enjoying a well-earned rest on the third leg of her trip, when a call went out by the flight crew for a doctor on the plane. She did not hesitate a bit and sprung into action.
Is there a doctor on the plane? 🙋🏽♀️👩🏽⚕️Never thought I’d be delivering a baby on a flight! ✈️ @qatarairways Thanks to the airline crew who helped support the birth of this Miracle in the air! Mom and baby are doing well and healthy! #travelmedicine pic.twitter.com/4JuQWfsIDE
— Aisha Khatib, MD (@AishaKhatib) January 13, 2022
“I see a crowd of people gathered around the patient,” Dr Khatib told BBC. At this point, she was wondering if someone was having a heart attack.
“As I got closer, I see this woman lying on the seat with her head toward the aisle and feet towards the window. And the baby was coming out!”
Two other passengers, an oncology nurse and a paediatrician, helped Dr Khatib make the delivery successful. She said that the baby was crying “robustly”. After she quickly checked the baby, she passed it on to the paediatrician for further inspection.