Premature baby girl born mid-flight, to applause from passengers

It’s not the usual holiday souvenir, but a 32-week pregnant woman is bringing home something a little extra in her baggage after giving birth to a healthy girl on a plane headed to Los Angeles. And of course, her fellow passengers captured the drama on video.

Passengers boarding a China Airlines flight to Los Angeles last week had no idea they were about to be thrust into the world’s loftiest birthing suite. The China Post reports that the pregnant woman went into labour six hours into the flight from Taiwan, telling flight attendants her waters had broken.

The call then went out to passengers to see if there was a doctor on board, and as luck would have it, a UCLA resident physician and her husband were returning from their Bali honeymoon.

Dr Angelica Zen tells ABC7, “My training is in internal medicine pediatrics so we do adults and kids but really no pregnant woman at all, so… I was a little bit nervous.”

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While the birth was taking place, the pilot decided to head to the closest airport, in Alaska, still a three hour flight away.

As the drama unfolded, passenger Amira Rajput filmed the magical moment the little baby girl let out her first cries.

“People were super quiet and calm so that this woman could have a stress-free experience. The woman is tough as nails,” the passenger told ABC News.

According to The China Post, it’s unclear what the baby’s nationality will be, because she was born in US airspace, on a Republic of China plane.

We recently took a look at the risks of travelling while pregnant, after a US woman gave birth to twins three months early.

(via The China Post, ABC7 and ABC News, video courtesy Amira Rajput.

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