GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It was the last thing he expected on a flight from Paris to New York, but Dr. Sij Hemal was about to get a first-class ticket in a way he never imagined.
That’s after a passenger on the flight, Toyin Ogundipe found herself in labor 35,000 feet in the air!
Dr. Hemal is a Wake Forest School of Medicine grad, and is in his second-year as a urology resident at Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute.
He was aboard the flight after attending a wedding. He and another doctor, Susan Shepherd, a pediatrician found themselves getting ready to help deliver a baby.
Ogundipe went into labor about midway into the flight as the jet flew away from the southern coast of Greenland.
Both doctors suggested Ogundipe be moved to the first-class section.
“My ticket to first class,” said Dr. Hemal with a laugh.
As Ogundipe contractions accelerated the doctors knew they were in for a delivery.
“I just tried to think ahead to what might go wrong, and come up with a creative solution,” said Dr. Hemal who delivered seven babies during medical school.
Thirty minutes later Ogundipe gave birth to a baby boy whom she named Jake.
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