The nurse who helped deliver a baby boy on a flight traveling from Philadelphia to Orlando last month had a surprise reunion with the ‘growing’ seven-week-old and his parents.
Erica Walton was on board Southwest Airlines flight 556 on December 4th with her husband Chris when she felt back pain moments before her water broke.
‘I was adjusting myself in the seat and I said, ‘Oh, my God, my water broke,’ and he (my husband) said, ‘What?’ Erica, who was cleared to fly by her doctor, said.
‘You don’t know what to do; (there’s) nothing you can do. I just tried to get the attention of the flight attendant, and her eyes got so big,’ added Chris.
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Heartwarming: Erica Walton was on board Southwest Airlines flight 556 on December 4th with her husband Chris when she felt back pain moments before her water broke (pictured above together)
At just 26 weeks, Erica went into labor with baby Jet (above). Luckily Dr. Bhasker Patel and nurse Loretta Bledsoe jumped into action to help deliver the baby boy
Reunited: On Monday, Erica (pictured together) was able to have a surprise reunion with Bledsoe in Orlando, where she thanked the nurse again who helped to deliver baby Jet on the Southwest flight
At just 26 weeks, Erica went into labor on the flight, and luckily Dr. Bhasker Patel and nurse Loretta Bledsoe jumped into action to help deliver the baby boy as the plane diverted to Charleston, South Carolina to make an emergency landing.
‘I was just like, ‘Oh, my God, please tell me my baby’s alive.’ And then he opened his eyes and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh,” Erica said.
She added, ‘Loretta was amazing. She got blankets and kept him nice and warm and held the oxygen to his face.’
The baby boy named Jet and his parents were transported off the plane to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Children’s Hospital where he was in critical condition.
The family was able to return home to Florida a few weeks later, where Jet is now thriving at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando.
First meeting: Of the nurse, Erica (right) said: ‘Loretta (left) was amazing. She got blankets and kept him nice and warm and held the oxygen to his face.’
Baby Jet (above) is now hospitalized in Orlando where he is thriving at seven weeks old. His mother said: ‘His lungs are getting stronger. He’s gaining weight. He’s a little over 4 pounds now’
‘His lungs are getting stronger. He’s gaining weight. He’s a little over 4 pounds now,’ the new mother shared.
Dr. Bhasker Patel (pictured) was on board the plane and helped to deliver baby Jet
On Monday, the couple had a surprise reunion with Bledsoe for the first time since the delivery.
‘We’ve only known her 20 minutes, but we feel like we know her. She’s family,’ said Chris.
The nurse was also able to see the baby boy she helped bring into this world on the Southwest plane.
‘I always feel like God puts you where you need to be. Who would have thought? We got on that plane not knowing each other. Now we’re lifelong friends,’ Bledsoe said.
Doctors at Nemours say Jet will stay hospitalized so that he continues to develop under their care, as he was due the first week of March.
The couple, who was on the flight returning from a baby shower their family hosted in Pennsylvania, say they were considering the name Jet even before his birth.