Thu, Aug 30, 2007
Keeps Him Alive With Straw, CPR
It certainly wasn't just another day at the office for the cabin
crew of a First Choice Airways flight from Manchester, UK to Crete
SkyNews reports Nicola Delemere knew she was pregnant when she
boarded the flight to Greece... but since she was only 25 weeks
along, labor should not have been an option that day.
But it was. Delemere unexpectedly went into labor during the
flight and gave birth at 30,000 feet over Germany. Flight
supervisor Carol Miller assisted with the delivery of Alfie, who
made his appearance into the world weighing a dangerous 17
Miller then kept the fragile infant alive by performing
cardiopulmonary resuscitation for 30 minutes -- using a drinking
straw to administer artificial respirations while the pilot
diverted (very quickly, we're guessing) for an emergency landing at
an airport in London.
Little Alfie was then transported to St. George's Hospital in
London. He was recently released, weighing a much healthier 5 lbs.
"I would like thank everyone involved for supporting us in the
air and on the ground. We can't begin to thank Carol enough for
saving Alfie's life," Dad Dom Delemere said.
Manchester-based Miller said, "He was born very quickly and at
first we weren't sure he was breathing so I just applied my medical
training, cleared his lungs gently using the straw and then carried
out mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
"We were also lucky to have the support of a retired nurse and
(medic) on board, until paramedics arrived."
"I am delighted to learn Alfie is going home after surviving
against all odds," she added.
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