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Baby on board Afghan woman gives birth on US military flight to Germany

"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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Medical support personnel help an Afghan mother, whose identity has been digitally obscured at source, with her family off a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport aircraft, call sign Reach 828, moments after she delivered a child aboard the aircraft upon landing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, August 21, 2021. U.S. Air Force/Handout via REUTERS

Medical support personnel help an Afghan mother, whose identity has been digitally obscured at source, with her family off a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport aircraft, call sign Reach 828, moments after she delivered a child aboard the aircraft upon landing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, August 21, 2021. U.S. Air Force/Handout via REUTERS

Medical support personnel help an Afghan mother, whose identity has been digitally obscured at source, with her family off a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport aircraft, call sign Reach 828, moments after she delivered a child aboard the aircraft upon landing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, August 21, 2021. U.S. Air Force/Handout via REUTERS

An Afghan woman has given birth on board a US Air Force C-17 plane flying from the Middle East to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, the US military said.

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

The US military’s Air Mobility Command tweeted that the mother began experiencing complications during the flight on Saturday.

It said: “The aircraft commander decided to descend in altitude to increase air pressure in the aircraft, which helped stabilise and save the mother’s life.”

On arrival at Ramstein, US medical personnel boarded the plane and delivered the baby 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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