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Cabin crew deliver premature baby at 42,000ft

A cabin crew stepped in to help deliver a premature baby at 42,000ft after a mother unexpectedly went into labour mid-flight.

Shortly after take-off from Guinea’s capital Conakry, crew on board a Turkish Airlines flight were forced to act as 28 weeks pregnant Nafi Diaby began to suffer childbirth pains.

With the help of passengers, the flight crew safely delivered a baby girl, who was named Kadiju.

Pic: Turkish Airlines
The delivery was made at 42,000ft. Pic: Turkish Airlines

After landing in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Ms Diaby and her child were taken to hospital.

A Turkish Airlines spokesperson said both were reported to have been healthy.

The airline tweeted pictures of its crew posing with the newborn baby, along with a message which read: “Welcome on board Princess! Applause goes to our cabin crew!”

A flight attendant holds the newborn baby. Pic: Turkish Airlines
The mother and child were both said to have been healthy. Pic: Turkish Airlines

Expectant mothers are able to travel with most airlines until they are 36 weeks pregnant.

Some airlines, like Ryanair, require a letter from a midwife or doctor for expectant mothers who have reached their 28th week of pregnancy.

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