When you’re pregnant, there’s always a chance of things not going as planned. Usually a quick labor would still involve being close to your support, or at least having 911 on call. 30,000 feet in an air, over the Pacific Ocean you have none of that support. Luckily, for a mom-to-be on a recent flight from Taiwan to Los Angeles a pediatrician was returning from her honeymoon on the same flight.
Dr. Angelica Zen was coming back from Bali when flight attendants started asking if any medical professionals were on board. The fact Angelica speaks fluent Mandarin really helped calm the mother as they were able to communicate in her native tongue.
The flight, scheduled to land in Los Angeles, had to be re-routed to Anchorage, Alaska as that was the closest airport at the time, but that was still 3 hours away. A baby girl was welcomed to the world and both mom and baby are doing well. Because it’s 2015 the whole thing was, of course, caught on camera by another passenger.
It’s unclear at which point in the flight the baby was born. If it was within 12 miles of Alaska the baby girl will have American dual citizenship.