Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

30 weeks woman gives birth on flight, both fine

30 weeks woman gives birth on flight, both fine

The incident occurred on a Jet Airways flight 9W 569 which took off from Dammam at 2:55 a.m for Kochi with a pregnant woman on board.

Plane was over Arabian Sea when passenger went into labour. Among the passengers was a paramedic who, along with the flight attendants, assisted the pregnant passenger, Cicymol Jose, a source said.

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Due to the diversion, the flight crew declared fuel emergency to ensure that adequate priority for landing was accorded at the Jaipur airport, Jet Airways said in a statement today.

"The guest delivered a baby boy at 35,000 feet", the spokesperson said. Both the mother and the baby are healthy.

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Being the first to be born on one of its flights, Jet Airways has offered the newborn a free lifetime pass on the airline.

Upon landing, mother and child were rushed to the Holy Spirit Hospital in Andheri east where their condition was reported to be "stable". Jet Airways has informed the family of the guest who are now en route from Kochi. The flight was stationed at Mumbai airport for two hours before leaving for Kochi. "The airline commends its crew for their response and promptness that saw them successfully translate their training into a life saving action". The cabin crew sought the help of a nurse who was also on the flight and the mother-to-be was moved into the first class area, where the delivery took place. "The airline expresses its gratitude to Ms Wilson, the on-board paramedic for her guidance", the statement added.

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