U.S. airmen helped a pregnant Afghan mother deliver her baby in the cargo bay of a U.S. Air Force C-17 during an evacuation flight from the Middle East on Saturday, U.S. officials said.
The flight had already taken off from an Intermediate Staging Base in the Middle East when the mother went into labor and began having complications, the U.S. Air Force’s Air Mobility Command said.
The aircraft commander made the quick decision to lower the C-17’s altitude to increase air pressure in the aircraft. The move helped stabilize the mother and save her and her baby’s life, according to officials.
The mother, who was on the flight with her family, and her baby girl were transported to a nearby medical facility and were in good condition, officials said.
Medical support personnel from the 86th Medical Group help an Afghan mother and family off a U.S. Air Force C-17, call sign Reach 828, moments after she delivered a child aboard the aircraft upon landing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21. (cont..) pic.twitter.com/wqR9dFlW1o
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Over the past week, the U.S. has evacuated about 17,000 people, including 2,500 Americans, out of Kabul, according to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William Taylor, Reuters reported. The figure included about 3,800 people just over the preceding 24 hours, he said Saturday.