Home

Congolese Doctor Delivers His Wife’s Baby Mid-Flight

By Sharelle Burt

Share

Pregnant passenger Musuamba Michoukayembe was on a flight with her husband, a Congolese doctor, to Turkey when she suddenly felt some pain in her abdomen. She didn’t think much of it since her baby wasn’t due until later on this month.

With the pain continuing, Michoukayembe knew she was going into labor on the Turkish Airlines flight, some 42,000 feet in the air. Excited, crew members sprung into action, clearing the way for the woman to give birth. Luckily, her husband was there to assist. “It was a beautiful moment for us,” crew member Fatma Akyuz said. “We boarded with 144 passengers, but landed with 145 passengers.”

RELATED: Flight Attendant Goes Viral After Breastfeeding A Passenger’s Child

The birth was a success and didn’t cause any problems on the flight, with pilot Alper Akkaya saying there was no need to divert at all. “Since the birth was healthy, we continued our four-hour flight,” Akkaya said. The cabin crew had some part in the delivery, cleaning off the newborn after the umbilical cord was cut. They took turns holding the baby and was able to snap a few pictures to post on Twitter.

The baby boy’s name is Bennel and reports state that he and the young mother are doing well after being taken the hospital after the plane landed.

Baby Bennel isn’t the first baby to be born midair. Earlier this year, 41-year-old Toyin Ogundipe went into labor while on a plane coasting over Greenland. Luckily for her, second-year Urology resident Dr. Sij Hemal was on the same flight and even though he was tired, he was ready for action. Mom and baby Jake were definitely in good hands. “Honestly, it was something from God,” Hemal said. “A lot of things could have gone wrong. But we made the best with what we had.”


Share
Travel Noire

Sharelle Burt

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

Woman Gets Stopped By TSA For Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

Woman Gets Stopped By TSA For Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

A passenger’s snack choice of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos recently caused an extra layer of security screening at Los Angeles International Airport. Emily Mei, 25, told USA TODAY that TSA officers at LAX pulled her aside Friday to search her carry-on bag which contained at least 12 bags of the Hot Cheetos. “I thought they were going to reach […]

Parker Diakite

Python Chases Tourists To Their Car While On Safari In Africa

Python Chases Tourists To Their Car While On Safari In Africa

A group of tourists on a safari in southern Africa got up close and personal with an unlikely visitor during their excursion through a remote part of the country. The tourists were traveling through Mozambique on their way to Ballito near Durban—a city on South Africa’s east coast. In the dramatic encounter, captured on film, […]

Parker Diakite

700 New Hotels To Be Added In Africa By 2025

700 New Hotels To Be Added In Africa By 2025

A total of 700 new hotel restaurants and bars are expected to open in Africa by 2025. These numbers are according to a new study released by the food and beverage strategy and design firm KEANE.  KEANE based its research on more than 400 food and beverage venues across 100 internationally branded hotels in major […]

Parker Diakite