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Doctor Delivers Baby on Intercontinental Flight

Nice work, doctor
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 15, 2015 6:55 PM CDT
Doctor Delivers Baby on Intercontinental Flight
Do they have a "baby on board" sticker for that thing?   (Shutterstock)

A Los Angeles doctor returning from her honeymoon ended up delivering a baby on an overseas flight when a fellow passenger went into early labor. Dr. Angelica Zen, a resident physician at UCLA, says she didn't have much obstetrics training but didn't hesitate to help during the Air China flight from Taiwan to Los Angeles. Zen tells KABC-TV that flight attendants acted as stand-in nurses, and most passengers were asleep until the cabin lights came on for the delivery. The captain headed to the nearest airport, in Anchorage, Alaska. It's unclear if the birth occurred within a 12-mile radius of Alaska, which would make the baby a US citizen by law. Zen says the baby looked healthy and the mother was happy. (More birth stories.)

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