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Minnesota doctor helps a teenage girl give birth on a plane

Minnesota doctor helps a teenage girl give birth on a plane

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota doctor helped a teenage girl give birth on an airplane this weekend.

Dr. Sheila Flynn, a family medicine physician at North Memorial Health Clinic in Roseville, was on a flight to Minneapolis on Sunday when Maya, a 19-year-old woman on board, began active labor.

Flynn and other passengers helped Maya breathe and stay sedated.

“Honestly, what can you do on an airplane? Flynn said. But you want to be in front of people.

After the plane landed, Maya was taken to the hospital. Flynn followed close behind and participated in the delivery.

Minnesota doctor helps a teenage girl give birth on a plane

“I was honored to be her stand-in mom,” Flynn said.

Maya gave birth to a healthy baby boy and is doing well.

It’s worth noting that this was Maya’s first time on an airplane and she doesn’t speak English.

“Some languages are universal,” Flynn said. When ladies go into labor, there are things we can all understand, and that helps with motherhood.”

After the birth, Flynn visited Maya several times, took her clothes and cell phone, and then continued on to her father’s place near Green Bay, Wisconsin.

She said she was impressed by Maya’s bravery.

“Sometimes in life, when you’re napping on an airplane, something happens right in front of you and you have the opportunity to step up,” Flynn said.

Flynn has two daughters about Maya’s age. She said if they were in a similar situation, she hopes someone would lend a hand.

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