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Turkish Airlines Crew Delivers Baby Mid-Flight

The crew of Turkish airlines recently helped bring a new life into the world. While in the middle of a flight, they assisted a mother in safely delivering her newborn baby girl.

Nafi Diaby was 28 weeks pregnant when she decided to go on the Turkish Airlines flight. As the plane cruised between Conarky in Guinea and Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, she started experiencing birthing pains. At that time, Boeing 737 was around 42,000 feet in the air. That is when the Turkish Airlines crew immediately decided to jump into action.

“They promptly responded to assist her childbirth during the flight,” Turkish Airlines said. The flight was headed to Istanbul when Diaby went into labor. However, after the successful delivery of Diaby’s baby onboard, the flight landed in Burkina Faso capital.

One photo of the onboard baby delivery show Turkish Airline’s flight crew happily cradling the newborn baby in their arms. The airline also posted an illustration on Twitter declaring, “It’s a girl!” Furthermore, the airline issued a statement saying, “Welcome on board Princess! Applause goes to our cabin crew!”

According to a report from BBC, the mother and the newborn were both taken to a hospital as soon as the flight landed. They are now said to be tired but otherwise in good health. The newborn baby girl was reportedly named Kadiju.

Turkish Airlines has strict rules about having pregnant women onboard.

It is unclear if this is the first time a baby had been delivered onboard a Turkish Airlines flight. According to the airline, it allows pregnant women to fly without a doctor report as long as they are only up to 28 weeks of pregnancy. If they happen to be between 28 to 35 weeks pregnant, they would require medical clearance. Meanwhile, those beyond 35 weeks pregnant will not be allowed to fly even with a doctor’s note.

On the other hand, the rules are stricter if a pregnant woman is expecting twins or more. In fact, they are only allowed to fly with a medical clearance when they are between 28 to 31 weeks pregnant. Beyond this, they will not be allowed to fly even if they present a doctor’s note.

Could the baby receive a special present from Turkish Airlines?

With baby Kadiju being delivered onboard a Turkish Airlines flight, she may end up receiving a special gift. Last year, Buraq Air gifted a newborn baby boy with a lifetime of free flights. According to a report from CNN, this was after the boy was delivered in-flight. As of the moment, it is unclear if Turkish Airlines intends to extend a similar privilege to baby Kadiju.

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