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Phoenix woman who gave birth on flight can fly Spirit free

January 21 2018, 12:16 | Perry Erickson

Flight lands at Armstrong Airport after woman gives birth on board plane

Baby Cursed To Ruin His Birthday Flying Spirit For The Rest of His Life

A new-born baby was awarded a lifetime of free flights on a United States airlines after his mother gave birth while travelling from Fort Lauderdale to Dallas.

A Fort Worth mother captured the moment another woman gave birth on a Spirit Airlines flight from Ft.

With the help of the cabin crew and passenger volunteers, Penton gave birth to a 7-pound boy, named Christoph Lezcano. The flight attendants contacted doctors on the ground and they advised the flight attendants to see if there were any medical personnel on board.

And her husband, who didn't travel with her, had a chance to say "I told you so" after Penton delivered baby Christoph Lezcano at 30,000 feet on Saturday, according to NBC affiliate WDSU. So she did what any woman in her 36th week of pregnancy on an airborne vessel would do - she called a flight attendant over and let her in on the news.

"He just popped out, literally, so we just kind of, like, caught him", said nurse Rhondula Green, who capped off the newborn's quick delivery by tying up the baby's umbilical cord. "Soon after that it was clear I was having my baby, and I was in pure panic", Penton said.

Ms Penton said she had carried two other babies full term and the thought of an early delivery never crossed her mind.

Baby Cursed To Ruin His Birthday Flying Spirit For The Rest of His Life

And for his timely (or, perhaps, untimely) arrival, Christoph received a gift from Spirit: He and a guest fly for free on his birthday every year until he's 21 years old. "We were just along for the ride".

"A baby being born during a flight is very rare", said Spirit spokesman, Paul Berry.

"I didn't think I was having the baby because it was too soon, but after a few minutes I knew I needed medical attention", Penton told The New Orleans Advocate.

Co-passenger Shelley Hedgecock Starks, who shot the video, took to Facebook to share her experience. "But then again, stubborn, so I figured, no, no, we can handle this". The mother and son were taken to Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner, Louisiana Spirit informed in a statement.

They were discharged after the baby and mom were pronounced healthy, and on Tuesday morning were preparing to drive to Phoenix with the new baby in tow.

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