A Dublin-based Filipino nurse helped a pregnant passenger safely deliver a baby while on board an international flight flying above Thai airspace.
Francis Dominic Mendoza, who hails from Bacolod City, was on his way home for vacation on-board a Qatar Airways flight when fellow Filipino mother went into labor mid-flight around 5AM of Tuesday, July 9.
The unidentified woman said she was 37 weeks pregnant. She was traveling alone.
Mendoza, along with a Filipina cabin crew member with nursing background, immediately assisted the pregnant passenger, who safely delivered her baby.
“We wrapped the baby in a blanket and I monitored the mother’s vital signs using equipment from the plane’s first aid kit. I monitored her for signs of bleeding which is a concern after one gives birth,” Mendoza said.
Mendoza said the pilot and the cabin crew asked him if it was safe for the mother and the baby to endure three more hours of flight to the Philippines or would it be better to carry out an emergency landing in Bangkok, Thailand.
“I told them the mother was stable based on her vital signs with no visible signs of bleeding. But my concern was she could start bleeding along the way and the child was at risk of hypothermia because of plane temperature and could harbor an infection,” he added.
The pilot decided to make an emergency landing in Bangkok at 6:15 a.m. and medics took the mother and child to hospital. Qatar Airways shouldered all expenses of the mother and child.
Mendoza said their flight then proceeded to Manila.
“I have never been so happy and fulfilled as a nurse! Assisting this woman who bravely delivered a healthy baby boy inside the plane while we were in the middle of the flight was just so Amazing. Nothing more!!!!” Mendoza said in a Facebook post of a photo of him holding the baby that has gone viral.
The mother was very happy with the safe delivery of her baby, he said.
“Although some people have called what I did a heroic act, I only did what a nurse should do in a situation like that,” he said, adding that his motto in life is “have courage and be kind.”
Mendoza finished his nursing course in University of Negros Occidental–Recoletos in Bacolod City, and currently working as staff nurse in Ireland. (via Inquirer)