Dec 31, 2008 4:47 pm
Baby Born On Flight To Boston
Paramedics hand the healthy baby girl to her mother after the plane landed at Logan Airport. A woman gave birth on a flight to Boston Wednesday morning.
It happened on a nonstop Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam. The flight took off with 131 people on board. It landed with 132.
The mother, who is from Uganda, delivered a healthy baby girl with the help of two Boston doctors while the jet was over Canada.
"The captain wanted to know if he needed to made an emergency landing, and I said, 'By the time we land the baby will be out,'" said Dr. Natarajan Raman, who helped deliver the 6-pound baby girl.
"We did everything in a seat in a small place," said Dr. Paresh Thakkar, who helped with the delivery. "Everybody was helpful. We asked for everything -- gloves and scissors, and by the time I examined her the baby was coming out, so I pulled the head."
"Everybody clapped and clapped for the doctor," said passenger Ashish Nanda. "A lot of joy and happiness."
The flight landed at Logan Airport at 10:30 a.m. and an ambulance took the mother and daughter to Massachusetts General Hospital.
The baby girl is named Sasha. She weighs about six pounds. Her mother was 8 1/2 months pregnant.
According to customs at Logan, Sasha is the first baby ever born on an international flight.
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