Coffee? Tea? Deliver Your Baby?

Flight Attendant Provides In-Flight Baby Delivery

By Todd Wright
|  Friday, Jun 18, 2010  |  Updated 8:45 PM CDT
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Flight attendant gets more than she bargained for in the back of her plane.

Flight attendant gets more than she bargained for in the back of her plane.

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Patricia Sund will do just about anything to ensure the comfort of passengers on her flights. On Friday, that included delivering a baby.

Sund, a flight attendant for Fort Worth-based American Airlines, was working when a pregnant passenger decided it would be a good time to add another person to the flight.

Luckily, two physicians were also aboard the flight from Haiti to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to answer Sund's plea, "Is there a doctor on the plane?"

The woman was moved to the last row of seats in the back of the 737, and that's when the impromptu delivery began.

Sund assisted the two doctors with medical supplies on the plane and was the first to hold the newborn, which was delivered 35 minutes before the plane landed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

"Watching that baby being born and having him placed in my arms 30 seconds after he was born was an incredibly raw and emotional moment for me," Sund said. "It will remain one of the highlights of my flight service career."

The baby boy and mother are healthy and, surprisingly, the woman was not charged an extra baggage fee.

As for Sund, she now has a new motto.

"My new slogan is going to be, "Coffee? Tea? Deliver your baby?"

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