Passengers on a Saudia flight between Jeddah and Cairo were in for a surprise on April 23, when a doctor and cabin crew delivered a baby.
According to the airline, a passenger reported being in pain about an hour and a half into the flight. Upon closer inspection, two members of Saudia cabin crew found that the passenger was going into labour.
The Saudia staff happened to lcoate a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Najla Saad Mohammed, among the passengers, who used on-board medical equipment to successfully deliver the baby ten minutes before the flight landed.
The newborn and his parents, identified as Laila Shukri and Ahmed Abu El-Nasr, were then taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
In the statement, Saudia said that cabin crew are given specialised medical training on how to deal with various in-flight medical emergencies, and that all its aircraft contain “medical bags” with the medical devices and medicines necessary to respond to emergencies.
In 2016, a woman delivered a premature baby on a Saudia flight between Jeddah and New York, forcing the flight to be dump fuel and make an emergency diversion to London Heathrow.
In a more recent incident in 2017, a baby born on a Jet Airways flight between Saudi Arabia and the Indian city of Kochi was granted a free life-time travel pass on the airline.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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