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In-flight delivery for British couple

A British woman went into labour 25 weeks into her pregnancy while airborne on a flight to Crete, it has been reported.

Nicola Delemere, 31, was setting off on holiday with her first-time flyer husband, travelling on a First Choice flight when she began to experience contractions at 30,000ft.

The unsuspecting mother-to-be had been checked by a doctor before taking the flight from Manchester to Heraklion on April 17, and had no idea that baby Alfie would be premature.

The flight was diverted to Gatwick airport when Ms Delemere's waters broke, however the onboard cabin crew soon had to rely on their basic medical training to deliver Alfie, who weighed just 1lb 1oz at birth.

Airhostess Carol Miller, who helped Ms Delemere throughout the delivery said: "He was born very quickly and at first we weren't sure he was breathing so I just applied my medical training, clearing his lungs gently using the straw and then carried out mouth-to-mouth resuscitation."

The family are back home together in Scunthorpe with high-flyer Alfie now weighing a healthier 5lbs 5oz.
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28th August 2007, 19:46
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