There was a close call in the skies over Washington, D.C., Monday when a woman on a transatlantic flight went into premature labor. A doctor on board said the lives of both the mother and her unborn child were at risk.
It happened about 30 minutes into the 7.5-hour flight to D.C. The crew aboard Flight 028 radioed authorities at Dulles and told them that a woman was giving birth on the flight. Two doctors on the plane were able to stabilize the woman's condition.
"She had massive heart pain and chest pain," said Dr. Brian Reddy, a French orthopedic surgeon who treated the woman during the flight. "She was having contractions all of the time."
"It was really a dangerous situation," said Reddy. "She was lucky."
It was originally thought that the woman gave birth on the plane based on the call from the flight crew.