Flight attendant helps deliver baby 36,000 feet over Africa
POSTED: Friday, April 6, 2012 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Friday, April 6, 2012 - 12:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Susan Carnes is a veteran flight attendant and in 29 years of service, she's seen a great deal.
But in late March, something way out of the normal happened.
Everything was fine early on in a scheduled 12 hour flight from Africa to Atlanta, until a passenger reported a lady on her aisle was screaming.
"I said 'oh my gosh,' there was another flight attendant with me, I said, 'she looks like she's going to have a baby,'" said Carnes
Carnes immediately asked her flight crew for help.
They also brought her a pair of scissors and sterilized them in a cup of vodka.
There just happened to be and OBGYN who stepped up and took over but Carnes remained, comforting the mother.
In less than 35 minutes, a new baby boy entered the world and Carnes held the baby up for everyone to see during her self-proclaimed "Lion King" moment.
Carnes says she has been in touch with the baby's father since the birth.
He is an American and lives in California and the mother is from Nigeria.
Carnes says there are apparently citizenship issues now because the birth occurred over the African continent.