Everyone was surprised during a Turkish Airlines flight when an unexpected passenger showed up mid-flight. A lady gave birth to a healthy baby girl 42,000 feet above the ground and was assisted by the cabin crew.
The Boeing 737 was coming from Guinea and was bound for Burkina Faso when suddenly the flight staff noticed that the mother was having labor pains. The cabin crew immediately came to help the mother as she was giving birth. According to the Huffington Post, she was 28 weeks pregnant and that she's been feeling pains earlier on the flight.
On Friday, the airline company took the incident to Twitter which said, "It's a girl. Welcome on board Princess!" The baby was named Kadiju and pictures of the crew holding the baby who was wrapped in a blanket were posted online.
Upon landing, the mother and the baby were immediately rushed to the hospital to be taken care of. NBC News reported that both of them were in perfectly good health.
It wasn't really clear whether there was a health professional during the flight who assisted the mother gave birth or whether the cabin crew was experienced in delivering a baby. The airline was asked for their comments but no response has been made yet.
The Turkish Airlines policy about pregnant mothers states that women are allowed to fly until their 28th week of pregnancy even without a doctor's approval. For those who are already in their 29th-35th week, they should get a certification from their doctors that they are healthy enough to travel.
There are some instances where babies born on the aircraft are given free flights by airline companies for the rest of their lives. However, there have been no reports yet stating that baby Kadiju will get free flights from Turkish Airlines.