Baby Born on Saudia Flight

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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 labor.

The Saudia staff happened to locate a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Najla Saad Mohammed, among the passengers, who used onboard 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 is given specialized 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.