A Toronto doctor has shared her story about delivering a “Miracle” baby on a flight to Uganda.
An hour after takeoff from Doha, a voice on the Entebbe-bound Qatar Airways flight asked over the intercom if there was a doctor on board.
A Ugandan migrant worker travelling home from Saudi Arabia went into labour, 35 weeks early.
Dr Aisha Khatib answered the call, telling BBC News, she saw a crowd gathered around the patient and she assumed it was something critical, like 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!” Khatib told the BBC.
Khatib was assisted by two other medical professionals -a pediatrician from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and an oncology nurse.
“I looked at the baby, and she was stable, and I looked at the mom and she was OK,” Khatib said.
“So I was like, ‘Congratulations it’s a girl.’ Then the entire plane started clapping and cheering and was like ‘Oh right, I’m on a plane and everybody is watching this.'”
The baby was named Miracle Aisha after the doctor.
Khatib gave the baby a gold necklace she was wearing with the name Aisha written in Arabic.
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
The delivery actually happened on Dec. 5, but the BBC reports Khatib was so busy treating COVID-19 patients in Toronto to share the pictures until this week.
Khatib was called back from Uganda -where she was training local workers – on Dec. 18.
On the flight home to Canada, Khatib says there was another call for a medical expert on her plane.
|”Luckily, there was another doctor there,” Khatib told the BBC.
“And I kinda said: This one’s you. I delivered a baby two weeks ago. If you need me, I’m in seat 25A.'”
Banner image: Dr. Aisha Khatib