The mother and the little girl “are in good health”, according to US Air Force Mobile Air Command on Twitter.
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A happy event in the midst of chaos. An Afghan woman gave birth to a baby girl in a US military plane that evacuated her to the base in Ramstein, Germany, the US Air Force Mobile Air Command announced on Twitter on Sunday (August 22).
Medical support personnel from the 86th Medical Group help an Afghan mother and family off a US 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
– Air Mobility Command (@AirMobilityCmd) August 21, 2021
In full flight, Saturday, August 21, from an American base in the Middle East and bound for Germany, the pregnant woman began to feel contractions and “complications”, according to this tweet. The aircraft commander then “decided to descend to altitude to increase the pressure in the plane, which allowed (…) to save the mother’s life”, continues Air Mobility Command on the social network.
Immediately after landing, the US military helped the Afghan deliver her baby on the plane before she was transported with her newborn to a nearby hospital. Mother and little girl “are healthy”, according to this tweet. Images released by the US military showed the mother lying on a stretcher evacuated from the device by US soldiers at the Ramstein base in southwestern Germany.
Since August 14, some 17,000 people have been evacuated by the United States, including 2,500 Americans. The United States has obtained the green light from Berlin for some evacuees to be directed to Germany, where they have numerous bases. About 1,150 people landed at the Ramstein base on Saturday, from where they should return to the United States within days.