17-Year-Old Wife Of Gambian Diplomat Gives Birth On 16-Hour Flight

March 12, 2013  |  

Seventeen-year-old Fatoumatta Kaba successfully gave birth 38,000 feet in the air, four hours into her 16-hour trip from South Africa to New York City, reports the NY Daily News.

Luckily for Kaba, there were two doctors and one nurse on board. Together, the three passengers helped the new mom to deliver her baby as intrigued passengers looked on.

“You could see his little umbilical cord still attached. It’s amazing. I didn’t think stuff like that really happened in real life. I thought it was something that happened in TV and movies,” passenger Jamahl Winters told the Daily News.

“It was exhilarating. While there was a lot of discussion whether to divert the flight, she made the decision for us by saying, ‘Push!’ And when we checked, the baby was crowning, and she delivered him in two pushes… He nursed right away. And she was a very strong woman — never cried, never complained. It was amazing,” Dr. Julie Williamson excitedly said of Kaba’s miraculous delivery.

Winters also revealed that the delivery appeared seamless.

“I think that the flight crew and everybody involved did a really good job. It was seamless. There was no panic, no sense that there was something wrong. They handled it,” said the Los Angeles human resources manager.

Once the plane landed at JFK International Airport, mom and baby were taken to Jamaica Hospital.

“I wasn’t scared to have the baby, I was very happy,” Kaba revealed.

“I feel better now after delivering the baby. Everything’s okay,” she added.

Fatoumatta gave birth to a baby boy, whom she named Mamel Joella. According to the Huffington Post, she is the wife of a Gambian diplomat.

What an amazing story! We’re glad to hear that both Fatoumatta and her new bundle of joy are doing well.


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