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Crew welcomes new life on board

01-05-2012 09:13 BJT

WUHAN - A woman from Southwest China's Sichuan province gave birth on a flight from Chengdu to Wuhan on Monday, as four flight attendants played midwives.

Feng Yu smiles at her newborn daughter at Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, capital city of Central China's Hubei province, on Monday. Yang Tao / for China Daily

Feng Yu, 9 months pregnant, was accompanied by her husband on her way to his hometown in Jianli county, in Central China's Hubei province, where they planned to welcome the new life. This was Feng's first plane travel, and also the first time she became a mother.

The MU2652 China Eastern Airlines flight took off at 8:45 am on Monday. Some 15 minutes later, Feng felt an acute pain and seemed ready to give birth.

"As soon as Feng's husband told us that she was about to give birth, four of us immediately went through the crew's guidebook for dealing with emergency situations and prepared necessary tools such as gauzes, surgical gloves and hot water," Zuo Lei, the chief attendant of the flight, told China Daily on Wednesday.

"None of the crew have been pregn

ant or encountered such situations before," she added.

They asked if any among the 45 passengers on board was a doctor, but found none.

The captain then requested air traffic authorities to shorten the flight time and called an ambulance to wait at the airport.


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