NJ woman gives birth on plane

June 4, 2008 4:38:57 AM PDT
A premature baby is expected to stay at Lourdes Medical Center for several weeks after being born on a commercial airline flight. Jadan Brown was delivered last Wednesday by his father Larry, a trained emergency medical worker, and a Korean surgeon who happened to be onboard a Korean Air Lines flight from the Philippines to New York City, the hospital said Monday.

"I really didn't have time to think about what was happening," Larry Brown told the hospital.

The Sicklerville man's wife Jacel was about seven months into her pregnancy when she started to go into labor in the middle of the 14-hour flight.

The baby was born on the floor of the plane's galley at about 37,000 feet above northern Canada, the hospital said.

Jadan Brown weighed less than 3 pounds. He was stabilized at a New York hospital after the plane landed, and was transported to Lourdes late Thursday.

Dr. Sherrilynn Parrish, an obstetrician at Lourdes, said Monday that the baby and mother are doing well.

"This is really remarkable - especially since the baby was so premature," Parrish said.