Melbourne, Aug 29: On Wednesday, Aug 27, Paramjit Kaur, from India gave birth to a baby boy on board a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Adelaide. The proud parents of a baby boy born onboard a jet airliner presented their infant son to the media in Australia on Thursday, Aug 28.
Paramjit Kaur from India was 34 weeks pregnant when she boarded a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to the southern city of Adelaide to reunite with her husband, Jagtar Jaswal. Kaur thought she was 'ok' to make the trip and Cathay Pacific allows pregnant women to travel up to 36 weeks. However, the 29-year-old suddenly found herself going into labour mid-air - six weeks before her due date.
Luckily, one doctor and three medical experts were also travelling on the flight and they helped deliver the six-pound (2.7 kilogramme) boy.
The flight was diverted to the northern city of Darwin where mother and child were admitted to hospital - all within two hours of the actual birth. Talking to the media on Thursday, Aug 28, Kaur said the flight attendants quickly put her in the back of the cabin once her waters broke.
"And after that the pains start, and within one hour the baby deliver", she said. The proud father, an Indian-born Australian citizen who drives taxis in Adelaide, flew the 19-hundred miles (3,000 kilometres) to join his wife and child at the hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The overjoyed parents named their son Pawan-deep, meaning ocean and air, according to Australian media reports. Kaur is an Indian citizen entitled to live in Australia as the spouse of an Australian.
Little Pawan also becomes an Indian citizen. However, his father joked his baby son should have a "worldwide nationality" as he was born mid-air.