It was a harrowing experience for the mother, but something the baby will certainly appreciate when she is older.
A Cebu Pacific Air flight from Dubai to the Philippines was derailed when a woman unexpectedly went into labor. According to a Facebook post by a fellow passenger, Missy Berberabe Umandal, the mother “started having contractions mid-flight, about five hours…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.”
The woman was reportedly only expected to give birth in October, so the contractions caught her completely by surprise.
Due to the early birth of the baby, flight officials decided to complete an emergency landing in Hyderabad, India, where the mother and child were taken to a hospital.
"After initial examination by the medical staff, they were moved to the mother and child care center of a hospital in the city," a Hyderabad airport security official stated.
Luckily for the mother, the flight was well-equipped with necessities for an infant—“There were 2 other babies with us in the front row, and one of the passengers had a suitcase full of infant clothes and necessities, which could not have come at a better time,” Umandal wrote.
The originally 9-hour flight turned into 18 hours, but other passengers were extremely accommodating and did not complain about the circumstances, simply happy that the mother and child were healthy and safe.
Cebu Pacific Air has reportedly decided to award the baby a lifetime of free flights, which is definitely a first for any airline—other babies born on flights have not received anything so generous.
Banner Image Credit: Facebook, Missy Berberabe Umandal,