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Mom delivers baby on Spirit flight, gets 21 years of free flights

Mom delivers baby on Spirit flight, gets 21 years of free flights

A new-born baby was awarded a lifetime of free flights on a USA airlines after his mother gave birth while travelling from Fort Lauderdale to Dallas.

But about thirty minutes into the flight, Cristina Penton of Phoenix, Arizona, who was 36 weeks pregnant, told flight attendants she wasn't feeling well and asked for medical assistance. She alerted the flight attendants and they went into action, making her comfortable and giving her free water, for which the budget airline usually charges.

"And within 10-15 minutes of takeoff, I felt like something was not fine".

The flight was then diverted to New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport where emergency medical crews were expected to meet the plane.

Penton notified flight attendants that she was in labor, and fortunately, a pediatrician and a nurse were on board to help deliver the baby.

Mother and baby were transported to Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner, where both are reported to be happy and healthy.

The situation may have been nerve-wracking, but the story ended happily: the baby weighed in at 7 pounds and was 19.5 inches tall, had a "good color" and was overall "absolutely perfect" at birth with no medical problems, Penton said. "I just think it was handled in such a positive way".




Christoph Lezcano was born on a recent Spirit Airlines flight.

"He did what he wanted", mother Cristina Penton said.

A Carrollton nurse used to handling life or death situations can now add labor and delivery to her resume after a baby boy decided mid-flight he couldn't wait any longer to make his debut.

The airlines announced that the child, the first baby to be born in flight for Jet Airways, would get a free lifetime pass for any travel on the carrier.

Spirit gave the family a pretty fantastic baby gift: Free flights for the next 21 years.

"A baby being born during a flight is very rare", said Spirit spokesman, Paul Berry.

"He is absolutely ideal", Penton said. Under location of birth, where there would usually be a hospital listed, it says "other-airplane". The airline is planning a special sale in his honor.


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