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  • Filipina Gives Birth during Philippines-San Francisco Flight

    Passengers cheer as flight attendants and passengers help Pinay deliver her baby boy on the plane.
  • newborn babyOne of the most life-changing events in a woman’s life is when she becomes a mother, moreso if the circumstances around her childbirth are out of the usual.

    Such was the case of 41-year-old Aida Alamillo, a Filipina on flight PR104 headed from Manila to San Francisco. Like a scene from the movies, she suddenly experienced contractions and had to have an emergency delivery right then and there on the airplane eight hours into the flight last September 19.

    This prompted the flight attendants, headed by Francis Lloyd Lobo, to alert the pilot-in-command to request for any medical staff who could offer assistance aboard the plane. Three nurses heeded the call and joined the crew helping Alamillo.

    To make space for Alamillo’s delivery, the staff requested passengers seated at the aft section (near the cockpit) to move forward. The premature baby was successfully delivered at 3:25 Pacific Standard Time or 7:25, Manila time.

    Apparently, Alamillo was already on her 35th week of pregnancy. According to flight purser Antonia Castaneda, the baby boy had “good skin color”, “started to breastfeed” and cried loudly once he was out. A PAL press release claims that the passengers “cheered as the baby boy filled the cabin with his cries.”

    A review of PAL’s guidelines regarding expectant mothers reveals that female passengers are not to be allowed to board the plane if they are 35 weeks (8 months and 3 weeks) pregnant, unless cleared and specified otherwise on the Expectant Mothers Information Sheet (EMIS) form. Expectant women up to their 24th week of pregnancy (sixth month) are all required to accomplish this form per flight they’ll be on.

    Paramedics and an ambulance team were alerted before the plane touched down, and the mother and child, named Kevin Raymar Francis Alamillo Domingo, were brought to the Mills Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame, California afterwards.

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    For actual photos of Aida and her child, visit sfexaminer.com.

     

    Sources:
    •    September 21, 2011. Anjo Perez. “Passenger gives birth on a plane” mb.com.ph
    •    September 20, 2011. “Woman gives birth on PAL plane” watchfilipinotv.com
    •    September 21, 2011. Lisa Arneill. “Woman Gives Birth On Flight From Philippines To San Francisco” growingyourbaby.com
    •    September 20, 2011. “Woman Gives Birth on Philippines-To-SFO Flight” sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

    Photo by Black Glenn via flickr creative commons

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