A mother who gave birth to her first child on a plane was reunited days before Thanksgiving with first responders who helped her deliver safely.
Liliana Castañeda and her husband, Edgar Acevedo, were on a Delta Air Lines flight to North Carolina from Mexico on November 14 when Castañeda started having contractions. Its water broke an hour after the start of the flight.
A nurse on board assisted Castañeda for over three hours until the plane landed at Atlanta International Airport.
“He was like ‘Yeah, the little girl is coming, she’s on her way.’ And he said to me, “Don’t try to push, because if you push more, the baby will come out.” So I kept these contractions for about three hours and 30 minutes on the way here, ”Castañeda said in a video posted to social media on Wednesday by the Atlanta Fire Department, which responded to a 911 call from Delta alerting emergency authorities that Castañeda was at work.
First responders rushed to the airport and waited for the plane to arrive at the boarding gate.
“The plane was coming extremely fast, faster than normal, so we knew there was an emergency, we knew people were nervous,” said Juanita Nash, one of the people who greeted the plane. .
As soon as Nash and other first responders were able to get inside the plane, they found Castañeda in the back of the plane, lying on the ground. After assessing the situation, emergency personnel decided to give birth on the spot.
“I just pushed once and the little girl came out crying,” Castañeda said.
Baby Analia Acevedo Castañeda was born aboard Delta Flight 1804, according to the Atlanta Fire Department.
“Once she gave birth, one of the flight attendants picked up the microphone and she was able to say, ‘Hey, we’ve got a baby girl,’” Nash said. “It was a special occasion.”
Castañeda expected her baby to arrive on December 23, “but she was out early,” the mother told WRAL, the NBC subsidiary in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“I was both nervous and worried about her and the baby,” Acevedo, Analia’s father, told WRAL.
On Tuesday, the new parents met with Nash and other first responders who attended Analia’s birth in Atlanta before the new family could return home to North Carolina for the holidays.
“Thank you to everyone who was on the plane, like the EMS, the fire brigade, everyone who helped us,” Castañeda added.