Watch Spirit Passengers Take Action As Woman Gives Birth Mid-flight

by Wade Massey July 1, 2017, 0:23
Watch Spirit Passengers Take Action As Woman Gives Birth Mid-flight

The baby's 35-year-old mother, Cristina Penton, who was 36 weeks pregnant and traveling with her two children, wasn't expected to go into labor anytime soon, but the child had other plans.

Cristina Penton's flight from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Dallas had barely taken off Saturday when she began feeling a odd sensation.

The Spirit crew took swift steps to divert the flight to New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport.

In a sweet gesture, the airline has gifted the baby free flights during his birthday month for the rest of his life. The flight attendants contacted doctors on the ground and they advised the flight attendants to see if there were any medical personnel on board. "I didn't think I was having the baby because it was too soon, but after a few minutes I knew I needed medical attention".

A Spirit Airlines flight made an unscheduled stop in New Orleans on June 22 thanks to one passenger who simply couldn't wait any longer to arrive.

Passenger Shelley Hedgecock Starks was in the row right behind the action, and with the new mom's permission, captured the first moments of young Christoph's life. Well, that's more of a rarity-but it happened this week on board a Spirit Airlines flight.

She told reporters she was flying with her two other children, 11-year-old Lulu and Ramon, 12, when she went into labor mid-flight.

And then, with her daughter Lulu holding her hand, Penton put her legs on a wall, pushed three times and Christoph was born, weighing seven pounds and measuring 19.5 inches tall. The nurse clamped down on the umbilical cord with some rubbery straps they found on the plane, she added.

"But our flight attendants are trained to handle medical emergencies in flight and they have access to doctors on the ground via inflight communication", he said. An unnamed pediatrician and a nurse identified as Rhondula Green stepped up to help deliver the baby. The airline is also planning a special sale in his honor. "We just experienced the birth of a baby in the seat in front of us on our flight and had to do an emergency landing in New Orleans", Starks wrote.

"He did what he wanted", she said, laughing and glancing down at Christoph, who was cradled in her arms.

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