Friday, October 23, 2009

Baby delivered at 2,000 feet - Mom and child get Free Flights for Life with Air Asia

Source - Air Asia Communications



Photo 1- AirAsia Flight Attendant Manager Jackie Teo presenting Liew with a bouquet of flowers.




Photo 2 - FREE flights for life, for mom and baby: AirAsia Director of Operations Moses Devanayagam (left) presenting Liew with free flights for life, for herself and child.

Baby delivered at 2,000 feet!

Air Asia - Malaysia's first low cost airlines and winner of a hosts of international airlines awards, recorded another first in its history.

On Wednesday, 21st October 2009, an AirAsia Flight AK 6506 from Penang en route to Kuching turned from a routine flight into a historic one.

A passenger, Liew Siaw Hsia, 31, suddenly went into labour and subsequently gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

When Liew began to show signs of discomfort, an emergency re-route to Kuala Lumpur was immediately initiated.

Luckily a doctor was on board. Dr. Ronald Tang, attended to Liew and provided initial medical attention.

He was assisted by the airline’s flight attendants, who instantaneously rendered essential support and ensured Ms. Liew’s comfort in preparing for delivery of her baby on board.

Well, the baby boy was safely delivered when flight AK 6506 was approaching Kuala Lumpur for landing at 2, 000 feet.

As soon as the aircraft landed, an ambulance, medical staff and AirAsia ground staff were already waiting to transfer the mother and baby to the hospital.

AirAsia also provided an ambulift to facilitate transfer of both mother and baby from the aircraft into the ambulance. They were brought to Putrajaya Hospital for further medical care.

AirAsia’s Director of Operations Moses Devanayagam, Flight Attendant Manager Jackie Teo and flight attendants visited the mother and child at the hospital to convey their well wishes and announced that they are granted free flights on AirAsia for life.

AirAsia is also very happy to have a first baby delivered onboard its aircraft, and that both mother and baby are healthy and safe.

Moses said, “I would like to congratulate Ms. Liew and wish her all the best of luck. Delivering a baby at 2,000 feet is indeed a very rare experience, and certainly she will cherish the moment forever. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we decided to present both mother and child with free flights for life. We look forward to them flying AirAsia for many years to come.


“I would also like to thank Dr. Ronald Tang for giving Ms. Liew the best care whilst the flight was on course to Kuala Lumpur. Facilitating a birth on a flight is definitely a heroic feat, and we are very privileged to have him onboard,” he concludes.


When contacted by AirAsia yesterday, the hero of flight AK 6506, Dr. Ronald Tang praised AirAsia’s competency in handling the situation.


He said, “AirAsia’s staff did a great job in handling the situation. They were very efficient and helpful. The staff has done something really significant by comforting, reassuring and accompanying the mother at all times. The delivery was blessed with no complications. The mother and baby were safe and immediately transferred to the hospital upon landing. Everything was smooth and efficient. Well done to all!”

Well... well done to Air Asia as well...!!!

18 comments:

Kennee said...

lolz... lucky... how come i don't see the father of the baby in the pic? XD Btw, nanged ya on innit and kiss ya ads... XD

Jimmy T said...

Wow make a history

kenwooi said...

wow.. next time must send my wife on flight everyday.. then MAYBE can get this gift too.. =P

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J2Kfm said...

cool. what joyful news.
though how could air asia permits pregnant ladies, near to their due date to get on board?

bebek said...

thanks kennee... next time for free flights for life - do the same - ask your wife to take the flight when nearing labour.... hahaha

bebek said...

jimmy T - definitely a history

bebek said...

j2kfm - normally an airline company will not allow heavily pregnant passengers on board for fear of these incidents happening....

bebek said...

kennee - the father was absent - during the flight and at the hospital!!! i wonder why??

and what should be the ideal name for the baby boy?? should it be Tony Fernandes Jr or Asia baby??? hahaha

bebek said...

kenwooi - can do that,... but this is risky - what if they are no trained doctor on board????

Shuwen said...

wah ! free flights for life ar ? SO AWESOME.

Donna said...

I thought there were some strict policies for pregnant women who intend to board on any plane.

I agree that this is very risky though. Die2 want free flights for life? What if I have no where or no time to fly?

Aidi-Safuan said...

wahhh...i want a free flight also!
unfortunately i am a boy.and i cant give birth...damn!

Rue said...

this is so cool! but i thought pregnant mothers near to delivery shouldn't go up on planes?

Jessen said...

Soon, aeroplane will become hospital and many people will deliver their baby over there. :p

Konea♥ said...

waaaaah!

so lucky! FREE FLIGHTS FOR LIFE! :D

bebek said...

Donna, yes, there is a strict policy for heavily pregnant women from boarding flights throughout the world..... I wonder why Air Asia allowed her to board the flight....

bebek said...

shuwen, Rue, Jessen... yeaahhh i agree with you all.... But try boarding Air Force One - the official aircraft of the President of the United States.... it is not a mobile clinic but a mobile hospital complete with state of the art operating theatre!!!!

bebek said...

Aidi-Safuan.... wrong... who said men cannot give birth.... In USA, Thomas Beattie gave birth to his 2nd child!!!!. Don't believe me - Please refer my blog entry on male pregnancies here : http://easycomeseasygoes.blogspot.com/2009/06/man-gave-birth-to-2nd-child.html

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