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A pregnant woman went into labor during a flight. She gave birth to ‘Baby Sky’ on the jetway.


(Washington Post illustration; iStock)

Nereida Araujo was trying to get to a family member’s home for Thanksgiving. Her unborn daughter had other plans.

The Florida woman told WSOC-TV in Charlotte that she was sleeping when she felt a pop in her lower back, followed by her water breaking. The plane was heading toward a layover in Charlotte from Tampa en route to Pennsylvania on Wednesday, according to media reports. Araujo — who was reportedly traveling with her husband and two other children — would not be onboard for the final leg.

“Upon landing in Charlotte on Wednesday, November 27, American Airlines Flight 868 from Tampa, requested medical personnel due to a passenger who needed assistance,” airline spokesman Ross Feinstein said in an email.

I've been flying since 1972 and have never seen this. Passenger wheeled out after having her baby on board! The crowd at the terminal burst into spontaneous applause.

Posted by Eric Linne on Wednesday, November 27, 2019

A spokesman for the EMS organization Medic that serves Mecklenburg County, Lester Oliva, said paramedics and the Charlotte Fire Department helped deliver the baby girl around 2 p.m. on the jetway of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

“This is exceptionally rare, and we are happy (and thankful of course!!) to be a part of this family’s story,” Oliva wrote in an email.

Araujo told WSOC that she named the baby Lizyana Sky Taylor.

“We’re going to call her Sky,” she told the news station.

In a Facebook post attributed to Araujo, she thanked “the pilot who landed me & Baby Sky safe,” the medics, a fellow passenger who helped her and her friends and family.

“Everything went by so fast,” the post said.

On its website, American Airlines says anyone within four weeks of their due date must provide a doctor’s certificate that says they’ve been examined recently and are fit to fly. Passengers are not allowed to fly within seven days of their due date for domestic flights under five hours.

Araujo told WSOC from her hospital bed that, at 38 weeks pregnant, she had been cleared by her doctor and the airline to fly.

In a GoFundMe account created Friday, Araujo wrote that the family was trying to make it to Pennsylvania to see their grandmother, who had been diagnosed with cancer and feared this would be her last Thanksgiving with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“We were not prepared for this trip, not knowing that I would go into labor in the Charlotte Douglas International Airport!” she wrote. A representative for the site confirmed that the campaign was started by the family.

Because Sky is so young and flu season is here, Araujo wrote, the doctor said the baby should not fly. So now the family is trying to raise money for a rental car, a car seat, baby clothes and other needs.

“We didn’t come prepared for this,” Araujo wrote. As of late Monday, donors had contributed $670 toward a $4,000 goal.

“Please help us get baby Sky reunited with our family back home!” Araujo wrote.

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