Baby born on Spirit Airlines flight between Fort Lauderdale, Dallas

Baby born on Spirit Airlines flight between Fort Lauderdale, Dallas

Baby born on Spirit Airlines flight between Fort Lauderdale, Dallas

At birth, Christoph weighed 7 pounds and measured 19.5 inches long. "I notified the flight attendants from the beginning and they were able to talk to doctors on the ground", she said.

Baby Christoph Lezcano was born mid-air on a Spirit airlines flight departing from Fort Lauderdale on its way to Dallas Fort Worth on Saturday night. Her water broke early in the flight and and she delivered the baby within 50 minutes.

Roughly 15 minutes into the flight, Penton realised that she was entering labour and informed flight attendants who were able to to find a paediatrician and nurse who were also on the flight.

"Everything started happening very quickly", said Penton, who was 36 weeks pregnant. "Soon after that, it was clear I was having my baby, and I was in pure panic".

Ms Penton was flying with her two other children. "We were all just along for the ride", Penton said during the press conference.

"It was scary and exciting at the same time", said Lulu, Penton's daughter.

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Passenger Shelley Hedgecock Starks was in the row right behind the action, and with the new mom's permission, captured the first moments of young Christoph's life.

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

Medical personnel and the Spirit flight crew assisted Penton and her baby after she gave birth, Spirit Airlines said in a statement. Doctors recommended the baby not fly on a plane until his immune system is stronger.

Once the plane landed, the woman and baby Christoph were taken a local hospital.

"I don't think there has been a baby birth on a plane before so this is very special", the woman can be heard saying in the video. Berry also told Penton at the news conference that Spirit would be reimbursing them for their rental vehicle 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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