MN radiologist helps Ugandan woman deliver baby on plane.

by Nelima

Read this story in the Boston Herald and wanted to share.  

A Ugandan woman who went into labor on a Northwest Airlines international flight to Boston gave birth to a “beautiful” baby girl this morning on the nearly packed 757 from Amsterdam.

“It was wonderful,” said Dr. Paresh Thakker, a Methuen doctor who helped deliver the 6-pound baby at about 9 a.m. on board Northwest Flight 59. “Happy New Year for everybody in the family.”

The baby, named Sasha, was born somewhere over the Canadian airspace to a Ugandan citizen, said Massport spokesman Phil Orlandella. The woman was 8 months pregnant and was traveling with her toddler daughter and a friend, according to Thakker and passengers.

The story adds that Dr. Thakker was assisted by Minnesota radiation oncologist, Dr. Natarajan Raman.

The crew asked if they should land the plane but Thakker said the baby’s head was already coming out. A radiation oncologist from Minnesota, Dr. Natarajan Raman, was by his side.

Raman, who hadn’t delivered a baby in over 20 years, said the mother was in an advanced stage of labor. The captain wanted to know if he should make an emergency landing. “We said, ‘By the time you land, the baby will be out,”’ Raman said.

Congrats Dr. Thakker and Dr. Raman. I wonder what’ll be Sasha’s citizenship? Read the entire story here.


5 thoughts on “MN radiologist helps Ugandan woman deliver baby on plane.

  1. Regarding citizenship:

    *The United Nations considers a child born in-flight to have been born in the airplane’s registered country.

    *According to U.S. law, if you were looking for the birth certificate for a child born on a U.S.-registered plane (or ship), you’d have to figure out if the vessel was heading away from the United States or toward it when the birth occurred. For an outbound flight, you’d likely find the birth certificate stored at (or accessible through) the U.S. State Department. If the flight was inbound and landed somewhere in the United States after the birth, you would contact the county where the plane landed to find the record.

  2. Thanks everyone for the comments. Just read that there’s a legal battle over Baby Sasha’s citizenship.

    Federal lawyers wrestle over citizenship of baby born on airplane

    Is Baby Sasha, the child born to a Ugandan woman during an international flight over Canada on New Year’s Eve, a Canadian citizen?

    That question now rests with Immigration Department lawyers, who must determine whether Canadian citizenship rights that apply on the ground also apply in the air.

    U.S. officials deemed Baby Sasha a Canadian for customs purposes, but it remains unclear whether the child is, in fact, Canadian.

    Some European countries do not allow a baby born on their soil (or in their airspace) to automatically gain citizenship rights.

    The airline has not released the woman’s name. It’s not clear why she was travelling to the U.S. or why she decided to fly so late in her pregnancy.

    A spokesperson for Delta Air Lines, which owns Northwest, said the company does not impose travel restrictions on pregnant women. It does, however, recommend that women in their final month of pregnancy consult a doctor before flying.

    The full story is on

  3. I thinks each country should clearly stipulate the laws regarding birth on transit or ground so that there is less time to waste judging about this

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