Dermatology resident delivers child on transcontinental flight
On Jan. 30, during a flight from Ghana to the U.S., a Michigan Medicine resident physician answered the call.
It came over the loudspeaker asking if any medical professionals were on board the United Airlines flight. Quickly, Stephen Ansah-Addo, M.D., a PGY-2 dermatology resident, came to assist. A woman had gone into labor midway through the nearly 11-hour flight.
Two nurses, one of them a flight attendant, were on board as well. The makeshift team staged an area with blankets and sheets, and a nurse placed an IV. Within two hours of Ansah-Addo seeing her, the team helped the mother deliver a healthy baby boy — more than 30,000 feet in the air.
Ansah-Addo clamped and cut the umbilical cord, and the mother and baby relaxed in first class until the flight landed. They were then picked up by paramedics.
“It was a surreal experience, I couldn’t believe it myself,” Ansah-Addo said. “At the end of the day, I went into medicine to help others, and there couldn’t have been a better example than this. Glad I was able to help and that both mother and baby are doing well”