A baby boy born aboard an Emirates flight from Dubai to Manila has been named 'EK' – after the Emirates airline code.
Emirates flight EK332 was forced to make an emergency landing in Vietnam after a Filipino woman gave birth in the aircraft toilet. Four flight attendants and two nurses reportedly helped deliver and care for the child, who was born premature at 27 weeks.
One of the nurses says after seeing the mother in pain, she followed her to bathroom where she found the newborn inside the toilet turning bluish-brown. She and another nurse on board helped clean the amniotic fluid from the baby's mouth, nose and ears.
Meanwhile, the flight attendants gave the mother and child oxygen masks and kept the baby warm with two LED reading lamps attached to the passenger seats.
The baby's parents work as hotel staff in Dubai. The 35-year-old mother and her husband had decided to deliver their first-born at home in Manila to save on costs.
The mother has been released from the hospital, but the baby remains in care.