- November 25th 2011
Thousands of feet above the ground, Illinois internist John Saran, MD, delivered a premature, 5-pound baby boy in the back of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737.
The doctor thought his flight was going to be the start of a quiet weekend with his wife, Janet, in the mountains overlooking Salt Lake City -- a getaway with no calls or pages from the office.
Instead, Dr. Saran became an instant media sensation, appearing on morning talk shows and in newspapers throughout the country.
"I've [responded to calls for a doctor] on planes, buses, cruise ships and in hotels for people with chest pain and stomach pain. ... But a lady in labor -- I never had to deal with that," said Dr. Saran, who has an internal medicine practice at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Ill., and is affiliated with MDVIP, a nationwide network of physicians who practice personalized preventive care.
He was napping on the Dec. 4 flight when his wife poked him and said the woman in front of them was in labor. The pi [Read more]