Jet Airways flight diverted to Mumbai after baby born mid-air

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Plane was over Arabian Sea when passenger went into labour.

Jet Airways flight 9W 569 took off from Dammam for Kochi at 2.55 am on Sunday when an expectant mother travelling onboard went into premature labour. There was none. But Ms. Wilson, a paramedic nurse returning home to Kerala came forward. A medical emergency was declared at 8 am to rush the mother and baby to the hospital. Among the passengers was a paramedic who, along with the flight attendants, assisted the pregnant passenger, Cicymol Jose, a source said. "It was an unexpected situation and a first for the airline", a spokesperson said. Jet Airwars also thanked the paramedic who helped the crew and the passenger. Both the mother and the baby are healthy.

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"Being the first baby to be born in-flight for the airline, Jet Airways is pleased to offer the newly born a free lifetime pass for all his travel on Jet Airways", the airline said in a statement. After Customs and Immigration formalities, the woman and the baby were taken to Holy Spirit Hospital in Andheri. However, since it was diverted to Mumbai, it reached Kochi after a delay of 90 minutes. Jet Airways has informed the family of the guest who are en route from Kochi. "We commend the crew for their promptness that saw them translate their training into life-saving action".

Jet Airways allows women to fly up to 35 weeks of pregnancy with "fit to fly" certificates and medical clearances depending on the type of pregnancy.

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