When a woman went into labor early on a plane 35,000 feet in the air, she was fortunate enough to have two doctors on board with her. Toyin Ogundipe was on an Air France flight headed to JFK airport in New York when her baby decided to make his debut to the world, but she had a pediatrician and a urology resident there to make sure everything went well.
Dr. Sij Hemal, a second year urology resident at the Cleveland Clinic, happened to be seated next to Dr. Susan Shepherd, a pediatrician, and they both rushed to help the mother in labor. Flight crews moved the mama to first class where there was more room and fewer passengers and they watched her four-year-old daughter while she delivered her baby.
Baby Jake was born without complications, despite the unusual conditions, and mom and baby are both doing well. “I was relaxed because I knew I was in safe hands,” Toyin says in a statement. “They did everything a doctor or midwife would have done if I was in the labor room in the hospital. Even better, if you ask me.”