Woman gives birth to baby on AI flight to Toronto
A woman delivered a baby girl onboard a Toronto-bound Air India (AI) flight, 34,000 feet over the Kazakhstan airspace on Saturday. A doctor on-board, assisted by the cabin crew, made the delivery possible.delhi Updated: Oct 23, 2011 01:35 IST
A woman delivered a baby girl onboard a Toronto-bound Air India (AI) flight, 34,000 feet over the Kazakhstan airspace on Saturday. A doctor on-board, assisted by the cabin crew, made the delivery possible.
The 14-hour flight had its moments of tension and joy as the doctor and cabin crew, who are trained to handle medical emergencies, took around two hours to complete the medical procedure. Following the delivery, the news was broken out to fellow passengers. "There was applause and excitement as the news broke out," an AI official said.
“The mother and child were in perfect condition and there was no disruption to the flight,” he said.
This was the first-ever delivery on-board an international flight of the national carrier.
Kuljeet Kaur, eight months pregnant, was flying with her husband on AI’s Amritsar-Delhi-Toronto flight. The flight took off from Delhi at around 1.35 am. Two hours into the flight, Kaur experienced labour pain and her husband informed the cabin crew. The Captain was informed and an announcement was made to check if a doctor was on board the flight.
“Luckily, a lady doctor was on board and Kaur, who was in economy class, was shifted to first class where she was examined. The Captain offered to land at the nearest airport or even head back to Delhi but the doctor said she could handle the situation,” the official said.
The first class cabin with flat beds became a mini-operation theatre and the team managed a perfect delivery. “Since both the mother and child were ok, the doctor opined that we could go on with the remaining 10-12 hours of the journey.”