A Turkish Airlines flight crew is receiving international accolades after successfully helping a pregnant woman give birth last week aboard a plane that was 42,000 feet in the air.
The dramatic scene unfolded on a flight from Guinea to Turkey, when the pregnant woman on board started experiencing some pains after the flight took off, the BBC reported.
“The cabin crew noticed that a woman passenger named Nafi Diaby, [who was] 28 weeks into her pregnancy, was suffering childbirth pains,” Turkish Airlines said in a statement. “They promptly responded to assist her childbirth during the flight.”
Welcome on board Princess! Applause goes to our cabin crew! 👏🏻👶🏽 pic.twitter.com/FFPI16Jqgt
— Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) April 7, 2017
As it turns out, passengers also helped out, with a healthy baby girl emerging as a result of their efforts; both the mother and child are said to be in good condition and were taken to a hospital after the plane landed in Burkina Faso.
“The mother gave birth while standing,” flight attendant Bouthayna Inanır reportedly told The Sun. “And we received help from several other passengers.”
It is unclear if anyone on board the plane was a doctor or medical professional or if crew members had been given training that helped them facilitate the birth, as The Huffington Post reported.
Most airlines allow pregnant women to fly until they are around 36 weeks, the Guardian reported.
In this particular case, the woman was only 28 weeks pregnant. Turkish Airlines does require women who are between 28 weeks and 35 weeks to have a doctor’s note in order to come aboard one of the company’s planes.
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