Baby Born On Orlando Flight In Critical Condition, Palm Bay Doctor Reflects On In-Flight Emergency

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ABOVE VIDEO: Full interview with Dr. Bhasker Patel by WFTV. Dr. Patel of Palm Bay was on his way home to Central Florida when he found himself in the middle on an in-flight emergency.

**UPDATE** CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA (WFTV) – Children’s Hospital released this statement Tuesday:

“Baby Jet came unexpectedly mid-air during a Southwest flight that was diverted to Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, Dec. 4. Believe it or not, “Jet” was on mom and dad’s baby name list even before his unexpected arrival on their way home to Orlando from a family baby shower in Pennsylvania. We at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Children’s Hospital are honored to have Baby Jet here with us in our Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Jet was born at 26 weeks’ gestation, so 14 weeks early, weighing 1020 grams, or slightly more than two pounds.

Once the plane landed in Charleston, he was then brought to the MUSC Pediatric Emergency Department and ultimately the NICU. Jet was placed on a ventilator and given a medicine called surfactant to help with his breathing. So far his blood pressure has been stable, and he is being treated for a possible infection at the time of birth. He was a little bit colder than a baby born inside the hospital when he arrived here, and it is remarkable that he was able to go for some time without some type of respiratory support while on his way to us.

He is in critical condition at this time, surrounded by his parents’ and family’s love, and the 24/7 expert care of his neonatal health care team. His care team is led by Dr. Rita Ryan, professor of Pediatrics and a neonatal lung researcher.”

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BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA (WFTV) – A pregnant woman was on a Southwest Airlines flight to Orlando on Sunday when she went into labor.

Airline spokeswoman Melissa Ford said that Flight 556 was on its way from Philadelphia to Orlando on Sunday when a woman went into labor.

Luckily, there was a doctor on board.

Dr. Bhasker Patel of Palm Bay was on his way home to Central Florida when he found himself in the middle on an in-flight emergency.

“They made an announcement to see if there was any medical personnel on board,” Patel said.

A passenger at the front of the plane went into labor, and that’s when Patel, who said he hasn’t delivered a baby in nearly 40 years, jumped into action.

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