October 25, 2018 5:15:18 am
AN Etihad Airways flight, EY-474, from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta was on Wednesday diverted to Mumbai after a passenger of Indonesian origin went into labour and delivered a baby girl mid-air.
Doctors at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA), attended to Maemunah Hambali (30), at the airport. She was immediately rushed to Seven Hills Hospital in Marol. Doctors said both the baby and the mother were stable.
Officials said the delivery took place as the aircraft was flying over the Arabian Sea. The Mumbai Air Traffic Control (ATC) officials said they received an update about the emergency landing at 6 am.
In an official statement, Mumbai airport’s operator, Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) said the passenger delivered a baby girl, 40 minutes before landing.
“An Etihad flight, EY 474, flying on Abu Dhabi-Jakarta route was diverted to Mumbai Airport on October 24, 2018 due to an expectant passenger of Indonesian origin going into labour on board. The passenger delivered a girl child about 40 minutes before landing at CSMIA.”
“As soon as CSMIA staff was informed about the situation, a medical team was kept on standby, which attended to the passenger immediately, post the aircraft landing. MIAL doctors provided necessary medical assistance to stabilise the situation. Ambulance was arranged and the passenger was shifted to Seven Hills for further medical intervention. The flight departed at 9.42 am,” a MIAL spokesperson said.
Maemunah, who works as a housekeeper in Riyadh, was travelling along with a group of 30 friends back home to Jakarta. She was helped by her friend Duriah and airline crew in the delivery. Duriah later escorted Maemunah to the hospital.
Doctors at the Seven Hills Hospital said the patient reached the hospital by around 7.15 am. “ As she was in a critical condition, we attended to her immediately. She delivered the baby in an aircraft’s toilet which was in a trial condition. Our specialists attended to her as she was bleeding profusely,” a doctor from the hospital said.
“We operated her but as her delivery was conducted in a trial condition, she would have developed infections. She had also developed tears inside but we have repaired it. We have also cleared her placenta and kept her in ICU,” the doctor added.
Doctors said Maemunah would be kept under observation for 48 hours.
An official from the Indonesian Consulate, Mumbai told The Indian Express: “We have arranged for the return of Duriah to Jakarta. We now await a medical certificate from the doctors to declare Maemunah medically fit to fly. We can get more details about her once she regains conscience.”
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