Friday, December 20, 2013

World News: Woman delivers baby during airplane flight from Spain to Romania

It's a happy Friday for a passenger who went into labor during a Wizz Air flight from Valencia in Spain to Bucharest and delivered a baby boy just after landing, according to news outlets.

The unidentified woman requested assistance from the crew minutes before it was due to land on Tuesday at Otopeni Airport, the busiest airport in Romania, the airline said in a statement to the media. The statement said the passenger was assisted on a back row by a crew member and a doctor who was traveling on the same flight.

The mother and newborn were met by airport ambulance and taken to a hospital. The airline's spokeswoman said the passenger was nine months pregnant. The statement said passengers must produce a certificate from a doctor if they are traveling after their 28th week of pregnancy and cannot travel after their 34th week of pregnancy. In the United States, most airlines require pregnant passengers to provide a doctor's certificate dated within 72 hours of departure, stating that a doctor has examined you and determined that you are fit to fly. 

You commonly see or hear reports of mothers delivering babies en route to the hospital, thanks to attentive first responders and partners/friends. Thank goodness the mom and baby are doing well in Europe!

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