A baby girl born on a plane flying from Dubai to Manila received her first birthday present in the most extravagant manner: free flights for life.
About five hours into a flight from Dubai, a 36-year-old Filipino woman expecting to give birth in October experienced labor — five weeks before her due date. The cabin crew, noticing the mother-to-be’s distress, sought medical help from two nurses. According to the lead cabin crew member, Mark Martin, two flight attendants (who also assisted in the delivery) were also trained as nurses.
After the birth, the helpers turned the shelf into an impromptu baby cleaning station. Flight attendants washed the infant with mineral water and set for an unscheduled landing.
The baby girl, named Haven, was born five hours after the departure of flight 5J015 from the Dubai International Airport last Sunday, August 14. The flight was later diverted to Hyderabad India, providing both mother and daughter immediate medical assistance for the premature birth.
Another passenger said the amazing birth distracted her from the delay. “It only happens in movies, and we’re lucky to witness this miracle,” Missy Berberabe Umandal wrote in a Facebook post. She also added that when the mother started having contractions, the crew took her to a more spacious area.
“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 said.
“Moments later, the woman got up to go back to her seat, baby in arms (mighty strong, I might say). There were two other babies with us in the front row, and one of the passengers had a suitcase full of infant clothes and necessities, which could not have come at a better time.”
“To baby Haven,” said Martin. “You are God’s miracle at 36,000ft and we’re blessed to have been an instrument in your safe delivery. You will always be my most memorable passenger.”
To celebrate the one-of-a-kind birth, Lance Gokongwei, Cebu Pacific’s chief executive, said that baby girl Haven will receive one million GetGo points, which is part of the air miles reward program. Regular customers would have to spend 5M Philippine pesos on Cebu Pacific flights to receive Haven’s GetGo points. All points can be redeemed for international and local flights.
Baby Haven’s points have no expiration date, and she may also share this with her family, said Cebu Pacific. The airline, known as one of the country’s largest, hosts domestic and international flights, which covers Australia, Asia, the United States, and the Middle East.