Friday, 15 December, 2017

Baby Born Onboard Spirit Flight (NASDAQ:SAVE)

Flight diverted after woman gives birth midair Joe Raedle Getty Images
Edmund Wade | 01 July, 2017, 00:24

About 30 minutes later the woman realized that she was going to require medical assistance. At birth, he weighed 7 pounds and was 19.5 inches tall.

When Penton notified flight attendants that she wasn't feeling well, attendants went into action and notified doctors on the ground to see if any medical professional were on board. Big sister Lulu was on sitting right next to mom as she gave birth.

"Everything started happening very quickly", Penton told WGNO.

With her daughter Lulu lovingly holding her hand, it took just ten minutes and a few pushes for Christoph to be born.

Pilots diverted the flight to New Orleans International Airport so Penton could meet with medical personnel on the ground, but the baby could not wait and was delivered on the plane.

"I was standing directly behind her and asked her, 'This is unbelievable, want me to get video for you?' She was like, 'Sure, 'cause otherwise I'm not gonna have anything to show that this is for real, '" the passenger told Inside Edition.

Flight attendants turned to passengers for help, and a paediatrician and nurse came forward. The pair was taken to Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner, Louisiana once the plane landed.

"It went really really quick", Penton said.

"He told me, 'You're pushing it, you're doing it last-minute and maybe you shouldn't, '" Penton said.

Founded in 1992, Spirit Airlines has a history of quickly capitalizing on timely events - including a Tiger Woods advertising campaign that followed his first highly publicized vehicle wreck - and this event was just too good for corporate to pass up. Doctors recommended the baby not fly on a plane until his immune system is stronger. "Her children were in shock so they weren't in any situation or wanted to video that".

"It was all quiet for about 20 minutes until you heard a baby crying, and then you heard people cheering and applauding", passenger Marlene Cabrera told the Washington Post. People on the plane were pretty good about it. ... "I think everybody was just excited".

For Spirit's part, they've offered free birthday flights to Penton's family until baby Christoph turns 21.

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