Woman gives birth to Baby 30,000 feet in mid-air
A premature baby was delivered in mid air after her pregnant mother went into labor while on a China Airlines Flight to the US.
At approximately six hours into the flight from Taiwan in route to Los Angeles, a pregnant woman informed the crew that her water had broke.
The pilot diverted the flight to Anchorage, Alaska and the crew asked if there was a doctor on board.
Dr. Angelica Zen, a UCLA Internist, who had never delivered a baby before stepped forward. She was on her way home from her honeymoon of all places.
“My training is in internal medicine pediatrics so we do adults and kids but really no pregnant woman at all, so since my training we haven’t done much OBGYN,” Zen told ABCnews.
“I was a little bit nervous.”
The pregnant passenger informed Zen that she was delivering 2 months early and at 30,000 feet in the air, Zen delivered the little bundle of joy 30 minutes before the plane landed.
“I had very limited supplies with me and it was very difficult,” said Zen. “We had to work under very constrained circumstances.”
Passenger Edmund Chen who filmed the happy occasion called the event an “amazing experience.”
Zen said that the crew was incredible and video of the delivery shows a stewardess crying after the little girl was born.
“I was relieved the baby looked very healthy,” Zen said. “And I was very happy for the mom as well.”
Chen gave his footage to CNN which can be seen in their report below: