Mother who gave birth on a plane thanks first responders who delivered baby

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A mother who gave birth to her first child on an airplane was reunited a few days before Thanksgiving with first responders who helped her deliver the baby safely.

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Liliana Castaneda and her husband, Edgar Acevedo, were on a Delta Air Lines flight heading home from Mexico to North Carolina on November 14 when Castaneda began having contractions. His water broke an hour into the flight.

A Delta passenger named Liliana Castaneda-Avilia gave birth to a daughter after starting contractions while landing at an Atlanta airport.Atlanta Airport

A nurse on board the plane helped Castaneda for more than three hours until the plane landed at Atlanta International Airport.


“He was like ‘Yeah baby girl, it’s on the way.’ And it was like ‘Don’t try to push, because if you push too much, the baby will come out.’ So I held those contractions for three hours and 30 minutes along the way,” Castaneda said. A video posted on social media on Wednesday by the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, which responded to a 911 call from Delta alerting emergency officials that Castaneda was in labor.

first responders Arrived at the airport and waited for the plane to arrive at the gate.

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One of the people who greeted the plane, Juanita Nash, said, “The plane was coming at a much faster rate than usual, so we knew there was an emergency, we knew people were panicking. “

As Nash and other first responders were able to get inside the plane, they found Castaneda in the rear of the plane, lying on the floor. After assessing the situation, emergency personnel decided to deliver the baby there.

“I just pushed once and the baby came out crying,” Castaneda said.

Baby Annalia Acevedo Castaneda was born on Delta’s flight 1804. According to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department,

Analia Acevedo Castaneda was delivered by ATL Fire Crew.Atlanta Airport

“Once she made the delivery, one of the flight attendants got on the microphone and she was able to say, ‘Hey we’re having a baby girl,'” Nash said. “It was a special occasion.”

Castaneda was expecting her baby on December 23, “but she came out early,” says mom WRAL, an Granthshala affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina,

“I was nervous at the same time and worried for her and the baby,” Acevedo, Analia’s father, told WRAL.

On Tuesday, the new parents met with Nash and other first responders, who witnessed Annalia’s birth in Atlanta, before the new family was able to return home to North Carolina for the holidays.

“Thank you to everyone who was on the plane, like the EMS, the fire department, everyone who helped us,” Castaneda added,

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