A woman gives birth during a flight from Africa to the USA

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(CNN) – Talk about a memorable arrival in the world or, in this case, above the world.

Last weekend, a woman partly boarded a flight that had departed from the West African nation of Ghana to the United States.

This mid-flight work took place on United Airlines Flight 997, which departed from Kotoka International Airport in Accra, the capital of Ghana, and flew to Washington Dulles International Airport on a flight from 11 o’clock.

They had been on the air for about six hours when the woman entered in part, United Airlines told CNN Travel in an email Monday evening.

Luckily for the mother, a doctor, a nurse and a United flight attendant who is a former nurse were on board the Boeing 787-8 aircraft ready to help.

“Our crew was amazing,” United wrote in a statement to CNN Travel. “They acted quickly, helped the medical professionals on board and made sure everyone was safe throughout the flight.

“And we were especially excited to see the plane land with an extra customer, especially a nice one, on board.”

Airport paramedics received the flight on arrival in the United States at 5:41 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 30.

Testimony: “I just started praying”

Tiani Warren of Los Angeles was on United Flight 997. She was returning from a three-week trip to Ghana, where she visited Genesis Shishidzee School in Jamestown, an older district of Accra, to help the children there.

She told CNN Travel she was in business class and the woman she gave birth to was in line behind her, even though they were separated by emergency exits. This meant that the woman partly had space in front of her seat to lie down.

“I was asleep … I thought I was dreaming when I heard moans. I got up from my seat and saw someone on the floor. A nurse was on top of her,” Warren said.

It took Warren a minute to realize what was happening.

When he did, “I thought,” My God, I know you’re not about to give birth on this plane. He was literally counting his contractions, seven or ten minutes apart. He was, like, freaked out. Oh, my God. “

“Then the doctor started working with her. They took out an intravenous one to put it on,” Warren said. “He was moaning and screaming, but half the people on the plane didn’t know what was going on.”

Add to the tension: The plane encountered turbulence during some parts of the flight, Warren said.

“I started praying about her out loud as she started pushing. She was crying. Before you knew it, the baby came out.”

‘I’m glad the baby is fine’

After a while, “the baby let out a loud scream … To be so close and personal, Lord Jesus help us all. I’m glad the baby is fine.”

The delivery took place on the floor of the cabin in the space provided by the emergency exits, Warren said. She thinks it all took about two and a half hours. Nearby passengers remained in their seats as the drama unfolded.

The mother cleaned up and went back to her seat before landing, Warren said.

Warren said the new mother told him she was Ghanaian but lived in New York City and that the flight doctor who gave birth to her was also from Ghana.

He summed it up in an Instagram post:

“Literally, I just witnessed a woman giving birth on the plane. And … I’m stressed, excited. I’m tired. All in all. But the baby is a child. It’s beautiful. It was a bit incomplete at first, but God is good. This is unreal … I’m in shock right now. This is crazy. “

CNN Travel was unable to contact the mother for comments.

Other special deliveries

Although relatively uncommon, there are other cases of people giving birth in mid-flight.

In the spring of 2021, a woman gave birth on a flight to Hawaii from Salt Lake City, Utah. Make the story even more remarkable: she said she didn’t even know she was 29 weeks pregnant. Fortunately, on board that flight was a doctor and three neonatal intensive care nurses.
And in the summer of 2021, a baby girl was born on a U.S. military evacuation flight from Afghanistan en route to Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. It was called Reach for the airplane call sign.
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