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Heroic doctors save premature baby born mid-flight

Several doctors are being hailed as heroes after aiding a premature baby, born on a flight from Nicaragua to Miami.

Seventeen-year-old Abigail Amoretti was just seven months pregnant when she unexpectedly went into premature labor aboard the flight. And though her baby was born breech and was not able to breathe on her own for the first three minutes after birth, both mother and baby made it through thanks to some fast-acting doctors on board.

Dr. Raquel Rodríguez of Nicaragua and Dr. Suamy Bermúdez of Honduras were two of the doctors who aided Amoretti.

“When the [baby] girl came out, she was completely limp and cyanotic, that is, she was purple from the suffering of all the time that the (mother) had been enduring the pain and the contractions,” Rodríguez told the Daily Mail. “When the doctor takes the girl out, the girl gets stuck by the umbilical (cord). That was the hardest part. The doctor had to look for maneuvers to remove the head.”

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Rodríguez explained that after the little girl was born, she didn’t have any vital signs. The doctors immediately started providing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and massaging the infant’s chest, and after several minutes, she started breathing on her own.

Following the birth, the flight was diverted to Cancun so that the new mother and her baby could receive medical assistance as soon as possible. Passengers aboard the flight cheered for Amoretti and her daughter as they were aided by paramedics off the flight.

In a social media post, Amoretti gave an update as to her condition.

“Thank you very much to all those people who have prayed and have placed me and my girl in the hands of God, thank God I am fine,” she wrote. “The girl is a little delicate but for God there is nothing impossible; he has been taking care of us and with the help of God I will soon come out of this process that is so hard on my life.”

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