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Woman gives birth over the Atlantic during a flight from Ghana to the United States

A woman went into labor on a flight that had departed the West African nation of Ghana to the United States.

This midflight labor happened on United Airlines Flight 997, which departed from Kotoka International Airport in Accra, the capital of Ghana, and was bound for Washington Dulles International Airport on an 11-hour flight.

They had been in the air for roughly six hours when the woman went into labor, United Airlines said on Monday.




Luckily for the mother, a physician, a nurse and United flight attendant who is a former nurse were onboard the Boeing 787-8 aircraft ready to assist.

“Our crew was amazing,” United wrote.

“They acted quickly, assisted the medical professionals onboard and ensured everyone stayed safe throughout the flight.



“And we were especially thrilled to see the plane land with one extra, especially beautiful, customer onboard.”

Airport paramedics met the flight upon its arrival in the United States at 5:41am on Sunday, January 30.

The birth took place on the floor of the cabin in the space provided by the emergency exits. The mother was cleaned up and back in her seat before landing.

Though relatively uncommon, there are other instances of people giving birth in midflight. Back in the spring of 2021, a woman gave birth on a flight to Hawaii from Salt Lake City, Utah.

And in the summer of 2021, a baby girl was born on a US military evacuation flight from Afghanistan en route to Ramstein Air Base in Germany. She was named Reach after the call sign of the aircraft.

Back in 2016, two babies were reported born on flights. A baby girl born on a flight operated by Philippines carrier Cebu Pacific Air was given 1 million air mile points. About a month later A boy was born on a flight between Tripoli, Libya, and Niamey, Niger, and was given free flights for life.