A baby boy was born on Lufthansa Airlines’ trans-Atlantic flight en route Frankfurt on Thursday after one of their 119 passengers went into labour. The flight was diverted to Manchester following the mid-air delivery. The crew helped the woman deliver the baby along with three doctors who were luckily on board. The baby was named Nikolai after one of the doctors. The baby was born while the plane was flying over the Atlantic Ocean at an altitude of 39,000 feet! The mother and the son were taken to a nearby hospital and both are doing well. Many airlines do not let pregnant women, especially in their third-trimester travel on board, however, policies differ across airlines.
The woman, identified as Desislava K had started experiencing labour pain during the flight. The flight attendants then shifted her to the rear part of the plane which was temporarily converted into a delivery room. The entire space was closed for privacy. In a press release, the airlines said, “The new mother Desislava K. thanked the team of helpers and named her son Nikolai – the same name as one of the doctors.”
Kurt Mayer, the captain of flight LH543 said, “I’ve never experienced anything like that in my 37 years of professional experience. The entire crew did an extraordinary job. This was great teamwork, with everyone doing their part. After landing, I immediately went to the mother and the newborn child to welcome him to the world. Aside from the birth of my own son, this was the most moving moment of my life.” It’s a girl! Turkish Airlines crew helps pregnant woman deliver at 42,000-feet-high
And here is how Lufthansa announced the news to the world:
In a statement, Lufthansa said that this has been the eleventh birth on their airlines. Expecting moms with an uncomplicated pregnancy are usually allowed to fly with Lufthansa until the end of the 36-week of pregnancy. However, they are recommended carrying a medical certificate from their gynecologist from the 28-week onwards. Earlier this year, a baby girl was born in Turkish Airlines and a baby boy was born in a Jet Airways flight.