Afghanistan: Woman gives birth on US evacuation plane

Woman gives birth on US evacuation plane
Medical staff helped deliver the baby in the plane's cargo hold at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Source: US AIR MOBILITY COMMAND
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Daily US Times: A woman evacuated from Afghanistan in the aftermath of Taliban takeover in the country has given birth on an evacuation flight.

US Air Mobility Command tweeted about the woman who went into labour en route to Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

Medical personnel boarded the plane after it had landed and gave birth the baby in the aircraft’s cargo hold.

Both the mother and the baby are said to be in good condition at a nearby medical facility.

US Air Mobility Command posted a tweet thread, which said at one point on the journey, the pregnant woman began having “complications”. The pilot had to descend the plane in order to increase air pressure on board, “which helped stabilise and save the mother’s life”.

Thousands of Afghans are outside the Kabul Internationa Airport days after the Taliban took control of the capital city, waiting in the sweltering heat and a throng of people for a chance to flee the country.

US forces currently control the airfield. The US said on Saturday that About 17,000 people have so far been airlifted from the site.

President Biden of the US has set a deadline of 31 August for the withdrawal of all US soldiers from the Afghanistan. However, several nations are seeking an extension to this deadline to help safe evacuation of their citizens and Afghans who served with Western agencies. It is feared the Afghan allies at risk of Taliban reprisals.

EU foreign policy head Josep Borrell said on Saturday: “They want to evacuate 60,000 people between now and the end of this month. It’s mathematically impossible.”

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