Passenger who didn’t know she was pregnant gives birth mid-flight

Passenger who didn’t know she was pregnant gives birth mid-flight

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A woman who didn’t know she was pregnant was taken by surprise mid-flight last week when she went to the bathroom with a stomach ache and ended up giving birth.

The new mother, Tamara, was on a KLM Royal Dutch flight Wednesday from Guyaquil, Ecuador with a layover in Amsterdam before heading to Spain when she unexpectedly gave birth.

“A few hours before landing in the Netherlands, her stomach hurt and she decided to go to the toilet. To her great surprise, after two contractions, she suddenly had a baby in her hands,” a spokesperson for the Spaarne Gasthuis Haarlem Zuid hospital told NL Times.

“Tamara had no idea she was pregnant and was quite taken aback by the event,” the hospital said.

An airline spokesperson said that two doctors and a nurse from Austria were on the plane and helped the unexpected mother following her surprise delivery, “for which we are very grateful to them.”

Tamara poses with her son Maximiliano at the hospital, in Haarlem, Netherlands, undated. She give birth on a plane during a flight from Guayaquil, Ecuador to Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Wednesday, Dec, 7, 2022.
The new mom was on a layover flight from Ecuador.

Tamara ended up naming the baby Maximiliano, after one of the helpful passengers who was by her side to make sure she had a safe delivery. Both the mother and baby are currently “doing well,” according to KLM.

Upon their touch-down at Schiphol Airport at 12:55 p.m. Thursday, the new mother and her baby were taken by ambulance to Spaarne Gasthuis Haarlem Zuid hospital.

“Both Tamara and Maximiliano were fortunately in good health,” the hospital said.

KLM aircraft at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
The KLM passenger initially didn’t know that she was pregnant.
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The flight, KLM 755, began Wednesday as a one-hour shuttle that departed Quito for Guayaquil. The plane then continued on an 11-hour flight to Schiphol Airport. Before giving birth, Tamara had been planning on taking an additional flight then to Spain.

“The team in the birthing department did everything possible to ensure that both received proper care and were on their way for the necessary paperwork for Maximiliano. As soon as possible, Tamara and Maximiliano will travel on to Madrid. The Spaarne Gasthuis wishes them well!” the hospital said.

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