Afghan Refugee Gives Birth on U.S. Evacuation Plane

An Afghan woman has given birth onboard a US evacuation plane on Saturday, moments after landing at Ramstein airbase in Germany.

The Afghan woman gave birth to a baby girl in the cargo bay of a C-17 aircraft after going into labor and experiencing complications during the flight.

The pregnant woman began having “complications” at one point during the flight. 

“The aircraft commander decided to descend in altitude to increase air pressure in the aircraft, which helped stabilize and save the mother’s life,” said the U.S. Air Mobility Command in a tweet.

The Afghan woman was part of a group fleeing the Taliban in Afghanistan and was on the second stage of an evacuation flight that had taken off from a base in the Middle East.

The mother and baby are in good condition after being transported to the hospital.

Army Major General William Taylor said that the United States has evacuated 17,000 people, including 2,500 Americans, from Kabul in the past week.


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