Meeting between mother giving birth in flight and doctor, stewardess

Dr. Fiona Sutton, an English doctor and Tran Thi Hue, chief stewardess of the flight No.BL590 yesterday dropped by the Maternity-Children in Da Nang Central City to visit Nguyen Thi Ngoc Nga who gave birth to the boy during flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang on March 4.

Dr. Fiona and Nga brace each other (Photo: SGGP)

Three of them hugged to congratulate and then Dr. Fiona carried the baby in her arm. Tran Thi Hue said that in over 23 years of working as a stewardess, she had never faced with passengers giving birth  in a flight yet being a mother.

Giving birth in flights is dangerous for the lives of mother and baby as there is no proper medical devices; moreover, the fetus was only 30 weeks old; so I sometimes held my breath when seeing the mother nearly fell to sleep, she added.

Dr. Fiona said that by the way she and her family made a trip to Hoi An, she visited the hospital to visit the mother who she helped to delivered on the flight.

Being a doctor yet she had not faced with the situation like this before; accordingly, it is a very memorable trip for me, Fiona said.

While Nga, 26, residing in the central province of Quang Nam, decided to go by air on low-cost airline Jetstar to return their hometown because the deliver was expected on March 26. Nga recounted about 45 minutes after take-off, Nga had abdominal pain and signs of a delivery to come.

Hurriedly, stewardess called for the help of passenger in the flight and informed the flight pilot in command. At last, Nga gave birth safely with the help of Dr. Fiona and stewardess. The airline contacted with Da Nang Maternity-Children Hospital and when the flight landed at around 4:15 pm on Da Nang International Airport, and Nga and her baby were immediately brought to hospital for further care. Through examination, both mother and her son were in good condition; accordingly they were discharged on March 8.

The baby has the nickname Jetstar as a memory of the flight.

The airline decided to give free tickets to the baby until he will be 20 years old.

By Nguyen Khoi - Translated by Anh Quan

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