Welcome to the world! Woman gives birth to baby on Lion Air flight
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A recent Lion Air flight gained one extra passenger in midair after a woman gave birth during the voyage.
Anastasia Geavani was traveling from Jayapura, Indonesia, to Makassar, Indonesia, on Tuesday when she began to feel unwell, Lion Air spokesperson Danang Mandala Prihantoro said in a statement provided to USA TODAY Monday.
About 50 minutes after taking off, the person accompanying her asked the cabin crew for warm water because she was in pain, Danang said.
A flight attendant came to help and, upon seeing the passenger was about to give birth, asked via intercom if there was a doctor on board. Doctor Marthina Setiawati Randabunga volunteered and showed her credentials, according to the statement.
"The passenger gave birth in the back row of seats,” Danang said, adding that the mother and the child are "healthy and safe."
The statement added that shortly after delivery, the plane landed at the closest airport, Pattimura International Airport, for the new mom to deplane. The flight then continued on its planned route.
This isn't the first time a passenger has given birth during a flight.
Last November, an American Airlines flight landed with an extra passenger after Nereida Araujo gave birth to a healthy baby girl on the jetway of Flight 868, after the plane landed in Charlotte, North Carolina, from Tampa, Florida.
The uncommon birthplace inspired the newborn's fitting moniker: Lizyana Sky Taylor.
"Baby Sky decided to enter the world on a plane," Araujo wrote on Facebook. "Mommi (sic) handled it well thanks to everybody who assisted us with love & care."
Contributing: Cydney Henderson
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