There’s a baby on board!
As we approach Christmas, we wanted to share this lovely story of a child born not in a manger but in an MAF aircraft in October 2019!
One day, MAF Suriname Country Director and Chief Pilot Andy Bijkerk was finishing up some paperwork when he received a request for an emergency flight to Botopasi for a woman who has having trouble giving birth.
After grabbing the medical supplies and welcoming a nurse on board, Andy placed the young mother-to-be on a mattress inside the plane. He attached her seatbelt, while the proud father-to-be sat beside her. Leaving the bumpy airstrip behind, and beginning to climb towards the clouds, Andy heard the nurse quickly unbuckle his seatbelt to help the struggling mother.
Less than a minute after they’d left the runway, and only 200 feet off the ground, the baby was born! The big smile on the nurse’s face and an enthusiastic thumbs up let Andy know that all was well, and the baby was healthy.
When they landed at Zorg en Hoop Airport in the capital city of Paramaribo, they saw the ambulance waiting for them inside the .
After congratulating the parents, Andy asked the radiant new mother if she had a name for her beautiful baby girl. ‘No,’ she replied, ‘would you like to name her?’ Andy was so pleased to receive this honour that he named the child Elisabeth, after his own daughter.