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Flight crew helps deliver baby 36,000 feet in air

April 4, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
When a woman went into labor while on a flight from Africa, the flight crew jumped into action and helped delivered the baby.

The plane was 36,000 feet in the air when a passenger reported that a woman in her aisle was screaming.

The crew used a pair of scissors sterilized in a cup of vodka, a flashlight and gloves to help the woman give birth. Luckily, there was also a doctor onboard.

"I just held him up, and I said, 'It's a boy.' And everybody clapped, and there was laughter, and it was really fun and exciting. And she was so happy and weepy," said flight attendant Susan Carnes.

Mom and baby were just fine. The plane made an emergency landing in Senegal after the birth.

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