Nurse Loretta Bledose is employed by Orlando Health and was a nurse for 40 years before she began an administrative role.
Last Sunday while on a Southwest Airlines Flight, returning from a wedding in Philadelphia, she helped deliver a premature baby. She leaped into action without even thinking when the woman went into labor
Baby “Jet” was born 14 weeks premature and is now in the Intensive Care Unit.
The woman in labor said, "My water broke. I’m pregnant. My water broke."
Bledose asked the woman "How pregnant are you?"
The woman answered "26 weeks."
I said, "Oh, my God."
Bledose donned some gloves handed to her by the flight attendant , and minutes later, the baby was born.
“There was a bulge there and I put my hands down and eased the baby out. She had a little two-pound baby,” said Bledose.
A physician had cleared the mother to fly because her baby wasn't
wasn’t due until March 8.
The mother is also a nurse at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville and she was calm and relaxed through the entire birth.
“She kept apologizing, and I said, ‘Honey, this is out of your control,’” said Bledose.
Bledose wrapped the baby in a blanket and the pilot diverted the plane to Charleston, South Carolina.
“I just kept praying, and every breath, I just kept saying, ‘Keep doing it baby, keep doing it,’” said Bledose.
When the pilot began landing the plane Bledose got down on her knees and held the baby tight.
Bledose said, “I was just hanging on to mom and baby, and I said, ‘Just land, and we’ll be OK,’ and we were."
Both mother and baby were immediately transported to the hospital. Bledose continued on to Orlando, her home. She was so thankful she participated in what she considered a miracle.
“I believe that God puts you where you need to be. I truly believe that ” Bledose said.