AA flight attendant helps deliver baby in 737

AA flight attendant helps deliver baby in 737

Credit: American Airlines

American Airlines flight attendant Patricia Sund holding the newborn boy she helped deliver minutes earlier in the back row of a 737 as it flew from Haiti to Florida.

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on June 18, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 19 at 6:30 PM

FORT LAUDERDALE - "My new slogan is going to be, "Coffee? Tea? Deliver your baby?," quipped Patricia Sund, an American Airlines flight attendant.

She helped two doctors deliver a baby boy in the last row of seats, on Friday, June 11, as their 737 flew from Port-au-Prince, Haiti to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

"It took quite a bit of improvisation to figure out a way to position the mother, the medical kit, two doctors, the equipment needed and a way to pass what was needed in-between and over the seats to the attending physicians in order to make this delivery a successful one," Sund said.

The birth happened on Flight 2288 about 35 minutes prior to landing, an American Airlines spokeswoman said.

"Watching that baby being born and having him placed in my arms 30 seconds after he was born was an incredibly raw and emotional moment for me," Sund reflected. "It will remain one of the highlights of my Flight Service career. It also most likely makes this crew the newest members of a very small club of flight attendants who have assisted with the birth of a child inflight."

American Airlines said the baby boy was born healthy.

Email: jwhitely@wfaa.com

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