Baby on board! Remarkable moment as mum gives birth mid-flight

01 July, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • Penton holds her newborn at the hospital a few days after she gave birth on a plane

Penton, her two children and the passengers and crew of Spirit flight 971 welcomed baby Christoph Lezcano into the world Saturday evening after a surprise delivery mid-flight. The baby was born on the aircraft, measuring 19.5 inches. But before she could even get to the beverage service part of the flight, Penton started feeling contractions. Luckily, there was a pediatrician and a nurse on the flight.

"Everything started happening very quickly. Soon after that, it was clear I was having my baby, and I was in pure panic".

Penton and her new son were taken to a hospital in Kenner, Louisiana, where both were doing fine and Penton was well enough to speak with reporters.

On Tuesday, Spirit Airlines gave the family gifts for the baby, plus a special present: free flights for Christopher and a guest to anywhere Spirit flies on or near his birthday for the next 21 years. "Like, we barely caught him and then we just gave him to her".

Incredible footage shows passengers helping a pregnant woman moments after she birth to an "absolutely perfect" baby 39,000ft up in the air.


Christina said her husband, who didn't travel with the family, is relieved the baby is OK, but he did tell his wife "I told you so" for traveling at 36 weeks.

"A baby being born during a flight is very rare", Spirit spokesman Paul Berry said. She had carried two babies to full-term, and though heavily pregnant, she was unconcerned about flying just weeks out from her due date.

As Green went back to find her seat, the passengers on the plane clapped and cheered.

The flight was diverted to Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, but it was too late.

Shelley Hedgecock Starks, seated right behind Ms Penton, recorded the birth at the excited mother's request and posted a short video to Facebook. "But then again, stubborn, so I figured, no, no, we can handle this". Berry also told Penton at the news conference that Spirit would be reimbursing them for their rental auto to drive back to their intended destination of Phoenix - and jokingly noted to reporters that they did not charge the family for things like water, even though the low-priced carrier typically charges for extras on board.

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