Special thanks to my lovely wife, Michelle for pointing out this story.
A baby was born on an airplane this week when the pregnant mother went into labor 5 weeks early. Since they were halfway through a roughly 9-hour flight from Dubai to Manila, the flight had to be diverted. However, according to CNN, the mother appears to have had one of the quickest deliveries I’ve ever seen:
One fellow passenger described on Facebook how Haven’s mom returned to her seat after giving birth during “the most ‘NORMAL’ flight ever.”“We only heard one semi-loud screech, and a few seconds later, there were tinier, cute screeches, and it was when we knew the baby was born,” Missy Berberabe Umandal wrote.“Luckily, she only had to push ONCE. Moments later, the woman got up to go back to her seat, baby in arms (mighty strong, I might say).”Haven’s arrival, according to Umandal, delayed the flight’s arrival at its destination by nearly nine hours.“But no complaints,” she added. “Everyone in that plane was blessed.”
Airline CEO Lance Gokongwei said Haven would be awarded one million points on the airline’s GetGo rewards program to celebrate the birth. The points have no expiry date and can be shared with her family.
All’s Well That Ends Well
I’m glad to hear mom and baby are healthy. Kudos to the crew and volunteer nurses for jumping in to help the mom and baby deal with the early delivery. I guess if you’re going to have your baby prematurely (and healthy), getting a million miles for doing it seems like a pretty good reward!
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