As thousands of Afghans rush to Kabul airport to secure a safe voyage from the now Taliban-occupied Afghanistan, a woman has given birth during an evacuation flight. A statement tweeted by the Air Mobility Command, the mother had been travelling from an Intermediate Staging Base in the Middle East on August 21st. While on the C-17 flight, the woman went into labour, albeit with some complications.
The aircraft commander decided to descend in altitude in order to increase air pressure within the aircraft. This helped stabilise and save the mother’s life. The baby girl was delivered in the cargo bay after the plane landed at Germany’s Ramstein Air base. Mother and daughter were taken to a nearby medical facility where they were both alleged to be in good condition. This story comes as more Afghans are attempting to escape the country after the US withdrawal of troops opened a pocket of power for the Taliban. Gunfire has also been reported in the airport as new information is updated.
Photo Source: Air Mobility Command Twitter, Nisha Brown PhD