- A Filipina passenger of a Cebu Pacific flight gave birth to a baby girl in midair
- The plane had to be diverted to India on Sunday, August 14
- A fellow passenger who witnessed the incident shares the story on Facebook
MANILA, Philippines – A fellow passenger has shared the story behind the woman whose Cebu Pacific flight from Dubai to Manila was diverted to India on Sunday, August 14, after the latter went into labor in midair.
According to Missy Berberabe Umandal, she was on board Cebu Pacific Flight 5J015 with her mom when a Filipina passenger near their seat started having contractions five hours into their flight.
The flight attendants started calling for medical assistance and it was fortunate that there were two nurses on board who then helped the woman deliver the baby.
“We only heard one semi-loud screech, and a few seconds later, there were tinier, cute screeches, and it was when we knew the baby was born,” she recalled.
Apparently, the woman didn’t have much difficulty in delivering her baby girl as she had to push only once, and was on her feet moments later to go back to her seat with the infant in her arms.
Also, one passenger who herself had a baby in tow offered some dresses and other necessities for the newly-born child. One of the flight attendants then filled a makeshift basin with mineral water to clean the newborn.
The sharer said the mother was due to give birth in October so her midair delivery on Sunday came as a surprise, even for the baby’s grandmother who was also traveling with them. She also heard the baby would be named “Haven”.
Anyway, the flight had to be diverted to India so the baby and the mother could be properly taken care of. The plane eventually landed at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad at 10:33 am Manila time.
The flight was delayed for nearly 9 hours but Ms. Umandal said there were no complaints among the passengers as “everyone in the plane was blessed”.
And since the baby was born aboard a Cebu Pacific flight, she gets free travel with the airline for a lifetime.
As for the citizenship of the baby, the sharer explained, her birthplace will be India but will still carry a Philippine passport since Cebu Pacific is a Philippine airline. Her official time of birth will also follow India’s standard time.
Read Ms. Umandal’s full story on Facebook HERE.