A mother who gave birth to her first child on an airline has been reunited with the first responders who assisted her in having a safe delivery.
On November 14, Liliana Castaneda and her husband, Edgar Acevedo, were on a Delta Airlines flight from Mexico to North Carolina when Castaneda began to have contractions.
An hour into the journey, her water broke.
Castaneda was assisted by a nurse on board for more than three hours until the airline landed at Atlanta International Airport.
“Yeah, the baby girl is coming, it’s on its way,” he said. ‘Don’t try to push,’ he said, ‘because if you press much harder, the baby will come out.’
Castaneda remarked in a video uploaded on social media by the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, which reacted to a 911 call from Delta informing emergency officials that Castaneda was in labor.
Emergency personnel went to the airport and awaited the plane’s arrival at the gate.
“We knew there was an issue because the plane was flying in really rapidly, much faster than normal,” Juanita Nash, one of the people who greeted the plane said.
Nash and other first responders discovered Castaneda in the back of the jet, laying on the floor, as soon as they were able to get inside.
‘I only pushed once.’
Emergency personnel assessed the situation and chose to deliver the baby on the spot.
Castaneda recalled, “I just pushed once and the baby girl came out wailing.”
According to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, baby Analia Acevedo Castaneda was born aboard Delta flight 1804.
“Once she delivered, one of the flight attendants grabbed the microphone and announced, ‘Hey, we have a baby girl,’” Nash explained.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Delivery in a timely manner.
“She came out early,” Castaneda told WRAL, an NBC affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina, about her baby, who was supposed to arrive on December 23.
“I was nervous and worried for her and the baby at the same time,” Analia’s father, Acevedo, told WRAL.
Before the new family could return to North Carolina for the holidays, the new parents visited with Nash and other first responders who had witnessed Analia’s delivery in Atlanta.