Turkish Airlines cabin crew help passenger give birth at 42,000ft

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When one passenger on-board Nafi Diaby suddenly went into labour while flying from Conakry, Guinea, to Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso with Turkish Airlines the cabin crew on the flight were the ones who came to her rescue.

The crew celebrated the arrival of the extra passenger at 42,000ft (12,800 metres) with other passengers also assisting.

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The crew on the flight all worked together to help bring the baby named Kadiju into the world. The mother and the baby were taken to hospital when the Boeing 737 landed in the Burkina Faso capital.

The airline workers posed for pictures with the baby – including the captain – all beaming with smiles.

“The mother gave birth while standing and we received help from several passengers,” Bouthayna Inanır, one of the flight attendants who helped with the birth said.

“The cabin crew noticed that a woman passenger [who was] 28 weeks into her pregnancy, was suffering childbirth pains,” a Turkish Airlines statement said.

“They promptly responded to assist her childbirth during the flight.”

Turkish Airlines later confirmed that the mum and baby were both doing well.

Sharing the pictures on their Twitter account, the airline wrote: “Welcome on board Princess! Applause goes to our cabin crew!”

Most airlines allow expectant mothers to travel until they are 36 weeks pregnant but require a signed letter from a doctor from 28 weeks onwards which confirms the expected date of birth.

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