An L.A. doctor got a BIG surprise when she was on a recent overseas flight from Taiwan to Los Angeles.
UCLA resident Dr. Angelica Zen was coming home from her honeymoon when another passenger went into labor on the China Air flight. The stewardesses went into nurse-mode and the newlywed doctor snapped out of her honeymoon lull and right into action.
“My training is in internal medicine pediatrics so we do adults and kids, but really no pregnant women at all, so since my training we haven’t done much OBGYN,” said Zen. “I was a little bit nervous.”
She had never delivered a baby before, but that didn’t stop her from helping.
The pilot changed course and headed to the nearest airport in Anchorage, Alaska instead of continuing onto California—but even Anchorage was 3 hours away.
The new baby girl was delivered at 30,000 feet in the air, but what is yet to be determined is whether or not she is an American citizen, as it requires birth within a 12-mile radius of the U.S.
“I was relieved the baby looked very healthy,” Zen said. “And I was very happy for the mom as well.”