Canadian doctor delivers 'Miracle' baby on flight from Qatar to Uganda

The baby was named Miracle Aisha, after the doctor

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Published: Sat 15 Jan 2022, 7:02 PM

Dr Aisha Khatib, a professor at the University of Toronto, was just catching up on some rest on her flight from Qatar to Uganda when the intercom sounded.

A voice asked if there was a doctor on board, and Dr Khatib didn't think twice about springing to action and helping a woman deliver her first child, who was named Miracle Aisha after her.

The incident happened on December 5, when Dr Khatib was on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha, Qatar, to Entebbe, Uganda, where she was travelling to for work and medical training.

The call for help came about an hour into her journey. "I see a crowd of people gathered around the patient," Dr Khatib told BBC News. "As I got closer, I see this woman lying on the seat with her head toward the aisle and feet towards the window. And the baby was coming out!"

Two others passengers, an oncology nurse and a paediatrician from Doctors Without Borders (MSF), helped Dr Khatib deliver the child, who she said was crying "robustly".

"I looked at the baby, and she was stable, and I looked at the mom and she was OK," Dr Khatib told BBC News.

"So I was like, 'Congratulations it's a girl.' Then the entire plane started clapping and cheering and was like 'Oh right, I'm on a plane and everybody is watching this.'"

But that wasn't all. Dr Khatib also gave the baby a gift to remember her by - a gold necklace that she was wearing with the name 'Aisha' written in Arabic.


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