Last night I received a phone call from Josh (our pilot) that there was a missionary couple in a remote area who was having pregnancy complications; she was having some quite serious contractions at 32 weeks and their midwife lives here in the capitol city, which is a 3-4 day drive away and there is no one else in the village to help them. It takes 1.5 hrs by air to get to the village. By the time we got the call last night it was already too late to go get them and we had to wait until first light. So we fueled the aircraft, prepared it for a stretcher, filed the flight plan and then came back home and set our alarms for 3:45am.
The plan was to take off around 4:30am, with her midwife on board and we planned to arrive at the village just after sunrise and bring mother and family back to Antananarivo for proper medical care. However just before takeoff we found out that the mother had already given birth to a 6 week premature baby girl around midnight with her husband on the phone to the midwife. So we took off and landed as planned, loaded momma and her beautiful newborn baby girl, as well as the rest of the family (3 other young children) into the airplane and started home. After our arrival and starting oxygen, the baby started to breath much better, and we kept the airplane low to keep oxygen levels as high as possible. Pray for mom and baby as the baby continues to develop and grow, I'm sure these next few weeks won't be easy for them but they are now in a place where they have the proper equipment and care and she is doing much better.
It was such a privilege to be able to go and help in this way as well as see some more of Madagascar from the air.