Doctor steps in to deliver mid-flight baby
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When Dr Sailaja Vallabhaneni recalls the eventful Delhi-Bengaluru flight, where she helped a woman deliver a baby, she speaks calmly and matter-of-factly.

“There was no point stressing because when you’re stressed, the mind doesn’t work. I didn’t worry, my goal only to make sure that the mother and the baby were safe. It was a very positive atmosphere overall – the co-passengers all applauded when the baby cried for the first time.”

15 minutes after the flight took off, the crew revealed that a pregnant woman was having pain and discomfort– that’s when Dr Sailaja, who works as a Consultant, Foetal Medicine, at Cloudnine Hospital at Bengaluru’s Old Airport Road, went and introduced herself as a gynaecologist.

“Since I do not have her medical history etc., I could not tell how many months along she was. But my estimate is that she was 32-34 weeks pregnant,” Dr Sailaja said.

Suddenly, the woman expressed that she wanted to use the restroom. When she got up, Dr Sailaja noticed that her water had broken. When the gynaecologist saw the woman’s condition in the restroom, Dr Sailaja realised that the woman had gone into labour.

“Sure, the ongoing pandemic was a concern, but at that point of time, instinct took over. My priority was the wellbeing of the child.” Dr Sailaja says.

The woman safely delivered the baby in the airplane washroom. The mother too was doing fine, Dr Sailaja observed. In the crew’s medical kit, they found two injections which could prevent bleeding, and these were administered to the woman.

“I have dealt with much more stressful situations… I wouldn’t call this situation as stressful as laden with uncertainty. Ultimately, I was just mighty happy that the baby and the mother were fine,” Dr Sailaja says.

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Great duty mam🙏🏻
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Great work on the flight, congratulations to Dr. Shelja for good job done with parents
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