Afghan woman gives birth on US military flight

Berlin: The US military says an Afghan woman gave birth aboard an Air Force C-17 that flew from the Middle East to Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

The base is being used as a transit post for people being evacuated from Afghanistan.

The military’s Air Mobility Command tweeted that the mother began having complications during the flight Saturday. It says: The aircraft commander decided to descend in altitude to increase air pressure in the aircraft, which helped stabilise and save the mother’s life.”

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On arrival at Ramstein, US medical personnel came aboard and delivered the child in the aircraft’s cargo bay. The baby girl and mother were transported to a nearby medical facility and are in good condition, the military said.

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