Carrollton nurse helps deliver 'Spirit Baby' born during flight to DFW

Joe Raedle

A new-born baby was awarded a lifetime of free flights on a USA airlines after his mother gave birth while travelling from Fort Lauderdale to Dallas.

Penton said she was comfortable flying even at 36 weeks because her other two children were born full term.

Earlier this month, a baby born on a Jet Airways flight was gifted with free flights for life.

Fellow passenger Shelley Hedgecock Starks was seated near Penton.

Mother Cristina Penton, of Phoenix, was about 30 minutes into the flight when she told airline personnel that she wasn't feeling well and needed medical assistance.

"There was no time to prepare", Penton chuckled.

"Everybody kept telling me, 'No, no, no, don't push".

"He's going to be mad", Penton laughed as she recalled, "because he missed it". She was in labor.

"Everything started happening very quickly", the woman said. "Soon after that, it was clear I was having my baby, and I was in pure panic".




A Spirit Airlines plane lands at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The prize for being a rare aircraft baby?

"That was not the case here". She thought the baby, who was four weeks premature, would be safer in the womb than on the plane. "But our flight attendants are trained to handle medical emergencies in flight and they have access to doctors on the ground via in-flight communication".

Flight attendants turned to passengers for help, and a paediatrician and nurse came forward.

Within a matter of minutes, Christoph Lezcano was born.

Mommy and baby were taken to Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner, La. and both are in fine condition, Spirit Airlines said in its release.

"It was what he wanted". "Like, we barely caught him and then we just gave him to her". He was born mid-flight in a bulkhead seat at the front of the plane, where he fell into the hands of the nurse. "This is not an everyday occurrence", Starks told TODAY.

"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.

People beseeched her to try and keep the baby in if she could.

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