US airmen help pregnant Afghan mother give birth on Air Force C-17 evacuation flight

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U.S. airmen helped a pregnant Afghan mother deliver her baby in the cargo hold of a U.S. Air Force C-17 during a Middle East evacuation flight on Saturday, U.S. officials said.

The flight had already taken off from an intermediate base in the Middle East when the mother gave birth and started having complications, Air Mobility Command of the US Air Force said.

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The captain made the quick decision to lower the altitude of the C-17 to increase atmospheric pressure in the aircraft. The move helped stabilize the mother and save her and her baby’s life, officials say.

Airmen from the 86th Medical Group boarded and delivered the baby in the cargo hold of the C-17 after the plane landed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Saturday.
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Airmen from the 86th Medical Group boarded and delivered the baby in the cargo hold of the C-17 after the plane landed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Saturday.
(US Air Force Air Mobility Command)

After the plane landed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, airmen from the 86th Medical Group boarded and delivered the baby in the cargo hold of the C-17.

The Afghan mother gave birth safely and both were in good condition at a nearby medical center, officials said.

The Afghan mother gave birth safely and both were in good condition at a nearby medical center, officials said.
(US Air Force Air Mobility Command)

The mother, who was on the flight with her family, and her baby daughter were taken to a nearby medical center and were in good condition, officials said.

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US airmen prepared Ramstein Air Base to house thousands of evacuees arriving from Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover.

Over the past week, the United States evacuated about 17,000 people, including 2,500 Americans, out of Kabul, according to US Army Major General William Taylor, Reuters reported. The figure included around 3,800 people – just over the previous 24 hours, he said on Saturday.

Dom Calicchio of Fox News contributed to this report.



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