An Afghan woman, who went into labour onboard a US Air Force evacuation flight from Kabul, has given birth to a baby girl.
She went into labour mid-flight, prompting the pilot “to descend in altitude to increase air pressure in the aircraft, which helped stabilise and save the mother’s life,” the US Air Mobility Command said in a statement.
“Medical support personnel from the 86th Medical Group help an Afghan mother and family off a US Air Force C-17, call sign Reach 828, moments after she delivered a child aboard the aircraft upon landing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21,” the military unit added.
Upon landing, airmen from the base were able to board the plane and help complete the delivery of the baby.
The mother and her newborn daughter were then transported to a nearby medical facility and are in good condition, according to the statement.