Holy shit! A pregnant woman went into labor during a flight and gave birth to her baby while the plane was in the air.
According to KTLA, the mid-air birth took place shortly after the plane departed from San Francisco on the way to Phoenix. When the woman went into labor, the flight was quickly diverted to Los Angeles.
According to flight records, Southwest Airlines Flight No. 623 left San Francisco at 6:24 a.m. with the intention of flying to Phoenix, Arizona, but was diverted to LAX, landing at 7:38 a.m. The woman gave birth "slightly" after takeoff while the plane was in the air, Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Emily Samuels said.
A nurse and doctor were coincidentally on the flight and assisted in the delivery and care of the mother and baby until flight crews landed the plane and paramedics could take over, Samuels said.
I get freaked out on airplanes when they run out of vodka. (WHAT IF WE CRASH ON AN ISLAND, LOST-STYLE. HOW COULD YOU NOT PLAN FOR HAVING ENOUGH VODKA FOR THAT?) I cannot imagine how people did not totally lose their minds watching a live birth on an airplane.
Once the plane landed at LAX, the Los Angeles Fire Department was on-hand to care for mother and little Amelia Earheart (I don't know if that's what they named her. That's what I would totally name that baby, though). Both of them are doing well, according to an KTLA. Passengers had to face a two-and-a-half hour delay and will probably never again complain about minor annoyances on airplanes like being stuck next to someone on a plane who is snoring. (Seriously, those people should be forced to ride trains.)
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