A woman gave birth to a premature but healthy baby girl mid-flight while travelling from the United Arab Emirates to the Philippines, forcing the plane to carry out an emergency landing in Hyderabad. Since the baby was born an Cebu Pacific flight, the baby was awarded 1,000,000 Get Go Points in Cebu Pacific’s miles program, providing a lifetime of free flights for the baby.
The mother, whose due date was two months away, went into labour on board the Cebu Pacific Air flight Sunday as it flew from Dubai to Manila, her fellow passenger Missy Berberabe Umandal posted on Facebook.
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.
The pilot conducted an emergency landing in 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,” a Hyderabad airport security official told AFP, requesting anonymity.
“The newborn and mother are fine and under medical supervision.”
The woman, her own mother who was travelling 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 official said.