BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A second-year resident from Cleveland recently became somewhat of a hero after he helped a pregnant woman deliver her baby during the Paris – New York flight. Both mother and baby are fit as a fiddle, and the Cleveland urologist received a hero’s welcome upon his return.
Cleveland Urologist Said Woman Went into Labor Early than Expected
Sij Hemal is a second-year urology resident at the Cleveland Clinic. Upon returning from his trip to Paris, the soon-to-be doctor had an experience that he will not soon forget. According to Hemal, he was just about to turn in when he heard someone asking if there’s a doctor on the plane.
The Cleveland urologist left his seat and was directed by the flight attendant towards a passenger who appeared to be in distress. Hemal told a news anchorman that, at first, he thought that the patient, later identified as 41-year-old Toyin Ogyndipe, had a rather large kidney stone, but he soon discovered that the woman was actually pregnant and that she was about to go into labor.
With the help of another doctor on-board, Stefanie Ortolan, a French pediatrician, Hemal managed to assist the woman give birth to her child. The whole ordeal lasted approximately 30 minutes. Toyin gave birth to a bouncing baby boy, whom she named Jake.
Hemal said that the last thing they did was to saw off the umbilical cord using a thin shoelace. After landing on the New York airport, the woman, the infant, and her other child were transported to the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.
The Cleveland urologist said that it was a team effort and used the occasion to thank his professors from the Cleveland Clinic who prepared him for any kind of emergency.
For his efforts, Air France thanked the Cleveland urologist with a travel voucher and a bottle of fancy French champagne.
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