How a Ghanaian doctor delivered a baby in United Airlines flight

Dr Stephen Addo-Ansah and eyewitness Nancy Adobea Anane
Dr Stephen Addo-Ansah and eyewitness Nancy Adobea Anane

Talk about a memorable arrival into the world — or, in this case, above the world.This past weekend, a woman went into labor on a flight that had departed the West African nation of Ghana to the United States.

This midflight labor happened on United Airlines Flight 997, which departed from Kotoka International Airport in Accra, the capital of Ghana, and was bound for Washington Dulles International Airport on an 11-hour flight.

They had been in the air for roughly six hours when the woman went into labor, United Airlines told CNN Travel in an email on Monday evening.

Luckily for the mother, a physician, a nurse and United flight attendant who is a former nurse were onboard the Boeing 787-8 aircraft ready to assist.”

Our crew was amazing,” United wrote in a statement to CNN Travel. “They acted quickly, assisted the medical professionals onboard and ensured everyone stayed safe throughout the flight.”

And we were especially thrilled to see the plane land with one extra, especially beautiful, customer onboard.”

Airport paramedics met the flight upon its arrival in the United States at 5:41 a.m. Sunday, January 30.

Witness account: ‘I just started praying’

Tiani Warren of Los Angeles was on United Flight 997. She was returning from a three-week trip to Ghana, where she visited the Genesis Shishidzee school in Jamestown, an older neighborhood in Accra, to help the children there.

She told CNN Travel she was in business class, and the woman who gave birth was in the row behind her, though they were separated by the emergency exits. That meant that the laboring woman had space in front of her seat to lie down.

“I was asleep. … I thought I was dreaming when I heard moaning. I got out of my seat, and I saw someone on the ground. A nurse was over her,” Warren said.

It took Warren a minute to fully realize what was happening.When she did, “I thought, ‘Oh God, I know she is not about to give birth on this plane. I was literally counting her contractions — seven to 10 minutes apart. I was, like, freaking out. Oh, my God.”

“Then the doctor started working on her. They brought out an IV to put in her,” Warren said. “She was moaning and yelling, but half the people on the plane didn’t know what was going on.”

Adding to the tension: The plane encountered turbulence during parts of the flight, Warren said.”

I just started praying over her out loud as she was starting to push. She was crying. Before you knew it, the baby came out.”

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