Published on : Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Christoph Lezcano arrived during a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Dallas on 22 June. The mother was 36 weeks pregnant when she boarded Flight 971. With four weeks to go until her due date, she realised 30 minutes into the flight that she needed a doctor.
Cristina Penton, the mother, said that she knew that she needed medical attention but could not think would have the baby. Luckily, there was a paediatrician and a nurse on board and the flight was diverted to New Orleans. However, the water broke and the bay was born ten minutes before the plane could land.
Christoph is born healthy with no complications has “other – airplane” listed as the location Bof birth, which is ususally listed as hospital! Mother and baby were taken to Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner, Louisiana, when the plane landed.
Spirit Airlines offered a free flight for Christoph and a guest on his birthday every year, to wherever the carrier flies.
Spirit spokesman Paul Berry said: “A baby being born during a flight is very rare. But our flight attendants are trained to handle medical emergencies in flight and they have access to doctors on the ground via in-flight communication. In this case we were fortunate to also have a paediatrician on board who brought even more care and comfort to the situation.”