Delivering a baby is one of the most challenging things the human body has to accomplish, throw in 40,000 odd feet of air between the mama and the ground and you’re in for a heck of a ride! That is exactly what happened to mother to be Nafi Diaby who was 28 weeks pregnant when she suddenly went into labour on a Turkish Airlines flight. With this being an extremely rare occurrence flight crews have very minimal training for an event like this. When it happened on flight TK538 while they were on their way to Ouagadougou, which is the Capital City of Burkina Faso, the crew was whisked into action with no option but to get to work on helping the lady with her ever increasing contractions.
After the woman was noticed to be having some pretty severe pains the crew realized this would not be an ordinary day on the job and with them being so far between airports they would have to help deliver the baby up above the clouds. It wasn’t just the staff onboard that were looking to help, even some helpful passengers decided to lend a hand and try to help deliver the baby safely.
We’re very happy to say that the little baby girl named ‘Kadiju’ was born healthy and both mother and daughter had no complications during the delivery making many cheering faces all around. After arriving at their destination the two were swiftly taken to a nearby hospital for observations and to make sure they weren’t suffering from shock or any other condition after a fairly traumatic event.
Makes you curious what they will write as her place of birth in her official documents. Very well done to all those involved. We’re sure even the passengers are grateful for making their flight the most memorable one of their lives. Is it a bird, is it a plane, no it’s a baby girl!
You will be happy to know the airline did NOT charge the new mama for the extra seat!
All images sourced: Turkish Airlines