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Little Zahra born on Kenya Airways plane

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN  Aug 01, 2010

(eTN) - A flight from Dubai to Nairobi saw last-minute excitement before landing when a woman passenger went into sudden labor prior to landing at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the early hours last Monday. Taking her to hospital while mid-air was clearly out of question, and it was the cabin crew which swung into action, preparing a provisional delivery room in one of the aisles, where they put blankets on the floor and then created privacy by holding up and fastening blankets from the ceiling.

According to reports from Nairobi, the plane was in its final descent into Nairobi when the delivery went active and no sooner had the plane touched down when the baby girl, named Zahra, was then delivered on board the aircraft. Upon opening the doors, mother and child were handed over to an ambulance while the other passengers gave the crew a standing ovation for their extraordinary efforts.

It could not be ascertained at the time of going to press how the mother had in fact managed to get through check-in at her point of origin, as airlines ordinarily are reluctant to accept passengers visibly in the last weeks of a pregnancy. Congratulations to both mother and child and to Kenya Airways for obviously training their staff well in first aid.

Little Zahra born on Kenya Airways plane
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