Dermatology resident delivers child on transcontinental flight

February 8, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

On Jan. 30, during a flight from Ghana to the U.S., a Michigan Medicine resident physician answered the call.

Photos courtesy of Nancy Adobea Anane

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”

The story was aired on NBC News, and an article was published by ABC News.