Woman gives birth on flight from London after going into labour two months early
A woman has given birth to a baby boy on a flight from London to India after going into labour two months early.
Maria Philip, originally from Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India, was flying to Kochi from Heathrow on 5 October, but she started to experience pains shortly after takeoff.
The plane had to stop in Germany, were mother and child were taken to a nearby hospital, with the airline vowing to fly them home when they're well enough.
The mum-to-be was seven months pregnant so wasn't expecting to welcome her baby until later this year.
Luckily she had the help of two doctors and four nurses who happened to be on board.
When the Air India crew realised what was happening, they found a gaggle of health professionals who were travelling on board and with their assistance, the baby boy arrived safely, while the plane was still mid-air.
The plane then made an emergency landing at the nearest airport in Frankfurt, Germany, where mother and baby were met by medical staff and taken to hospital to be checked over.
Air India has vowed to fly them both home to India when they are well enough. The flight continued the planned journey, landing in Kochi six hours behind schedule.
Air India said: "Kudos to our crew and special salute to doctors and medical staff on board for making this easy for the mother.
"Our aircraft is well equipped with all necessary medical equipment and our crew are experienced to handle this kind of eventuality.
"Our officials are in constant touch with the family and all necessary support is being provided. Soon they will be flying home with us.
"May god bless the baby with a healthy and long life."