Pinay allowed to temporarily stay in India after giving birth mid-flight
India has allowed a Filipina and her baby to temporarily stay there after the woman gave birth to the infant mid-flight on Sunday while traveling from the United Arab Emirates to the Philippines.
A Hyderabad airport security official told Agence France-Presse on condition of anonymity that the mother, her own mother who was traveling with her, and the baby were given three-day temporary visas, which would most likely be extended until parent and child were fit to fly.
The mother, whose due date was two months away, went into labor on board the Cebu Pacific Air flight Sunday as it flew from Dubai to Manila, her fellow passenger Missy Berberabe Umandal posted on Facebook.
The incident forced the plane to carry out an emergency landing in India.
Panicked flight attendants started calling out for medical assistance — discovering two nurses among the passengers — before turning the front of the cabin into a makeshift delivery room.
"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. Luckily, she only had to push ONCE," Umandal said in her post, with a picture showing the mother holding her newborn, wrapped in a blanket.
Flight attendants and nurses cleaned the baby with mineral water and dressed her in baby clothes donated by fellow passengers flying with infants.
The pilot conducted an emergency landing in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad so the mother and newborn could receive medical attention before continuing on to Manila.
"After initial examination by the medical staff, they were moved to the mother and child care centre of a hospital in the city," the Hyderabad airport security official said.
"The newborn and mother are fine and under medical supervision." —Agence France-Presse with GMA News