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“Is There a Doctor on the Plane?” Muslim Doctor Delivers Baby on Flight

“Is there a doctor on the plane?”

This is what Toronto Muslim doctor Aisha Khatib heard while she was on Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Entebbe last month. A Ugandan worker returning home from Saudi Arabia was about to deliver her first child.

Khatib did not hesitate when make heard the voice on the intercom and decided to volunteer.

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“Never thought I’d be delivering a baby on a flight! Thanks to the airline crew who helped support the birth of this Miracle in the air! Mom and baby are doing well and healthy!,” said Dr. Khatib, CBC reported.

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Great Conditions

Once the baby was out on the seat, another passenger popped up beside Khatib and identified herself as a pediatrician with Médecins Sans Frontières. 

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With the mother in stable condition, the pediatrician handed the newborn back to Khatib.

“I said, ‘OK, well, congratulations! It’s a girl!’ And at that point, the entire plane erupted in clapping and cheering, and I was like, ‘Oh right. I’m on a plane,'” Khatib said.

“The best part is the mom named the baby after me … she named her Miracle Aisha.”

“Is There a Doctor on the Plane?" Muslim Doctor Delivers Baby on Flight - About Islam

As a gift, Dr. Khatib gave Miracle Aisha the gold necklace that she was wearing with the name Aisha written in Arabic.

“I had a necklace on that had my name in Arabic on it, so I gave it to her as my namesake. So that she always remembers that she was delivered by a lady named Aisha, up in the air, [when] we were flying above the Nile,” she said.

“It’s pretty spectacular.”