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Photos: Baby born on Cebu Pacific airplane gets one million air miles

160818112444-flight-deck-and-cabin-crew-on-duty-during-baby-havens-delivery-on-august-14-2016-exlarge-169The Cebu Pacific crew on duty during the birth

Here’s one kid who’ll probably learn to fly before she can crawl. After being born four hours into a flight from Dubai to Manila, baby girl Haven has been gifted one million air mile points.

Haven’s mom went into labor more than five weeks early while flying on an aircraft operated by Philippines carrier Cebu Pacific on August 14.
Two nurses among the plane’s passengers helped with the delivery alongside cabin crew as the pilot diverted to Hyderabad, India to seek further medical assistance.
The budget airline said it’s the first time a baby has been born on one of its aircraft.
Airline CEO Lance Gokongwei said Haven would be awarded one million points on the airline’s GetGo rewards program to celebrate the birth. The points have no expiry date and can be shared with her family.

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One fellow passenger described on Facebook how Haven’s mom returned to her seat after giving birth during “the most ‘NORMAL’ flight ever.”
“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,” Missy Berberabe Umandal wrote.
“Luckily, she only had to push ONCE. Moments later, the woman got up to go back to her seat, baby in arms (mighty strong, I might say).”13895028_1184015138286348_410383545928827516_n
Haven’s arrival, according to Umandal, delayed the flight’s arrival at its destination by nearly nine hours. “But no complaints,” she added. “Everyone in that plane was blessed.”
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*I would like to disclose that this might not be the EXACT story because I am a mere bystander. I am also sharing this story purely because I find it very inspiring, but I never intended it to go viral*
The lady started having contractions mid-flight, about 5 hours in going to the Philippines. She was set to give birth on October, so this came to a surprise, even to her Mother who picked her up from Dubai. For once in my life, I saw flight attendants, who are meant to always maintain their poise and composure, panic ever so slightly. Flight attendants started calling for medical assistance, and luckily, there were two nurses among the passengers. She was already crowning, so she was brought to the more spacious area in front of the plane. 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. Luckily, she only had to push ONCE. Moments later, the woman got up to go back to her seat, baby in arms (mighty strong, I might say). There were 2 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. The flight attendants took a shelf from the cabinets and filled it with mineral water, which became a makeshift wash basin to clean the baby in. It was immediately decided that an emergency landing in India was necessary to ensure the baby’s health, as it was born 2 months earlier than expected.
We might have misheard the name, but it sounded like the baby would be named “Haven”. Flight was delayed once again (what was supposed to be a 9-hour flight became roughly 18 hours), but no complaints.. everyone in that plane was blessed. To the woman, in the hopes she gets to read this: we understand you are resting and giving time to take care of your baby, but we are all hoping for your quick recovery and a lifetime of happiness to your beautiful child! And Mom, this experience made me appreciate you so so so much more than I already do. When my future children ask me what my greatest memory with my mother was, I would tell them of this extraordinary moment we shared.On a side note, for those curious about the child’s citizenship: there is an existing rule of when a child is born mid-air, the baby will hold citizenship of the country the plane lands on next. While this rule still applies in USA, it has been revoked in most countries, including the Philippines. Instead, this particular baby’s birthplace is India, but she will still carry a Philippine passport (since Cebu Pacific is a Philippine airline). Her time of birth also follows India Standard time.

Janette Berberabe Mom, this is the highlight of our short leisure trip to Dubai, fo sho 😂

 

Credit: CNN


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