Baby born on Spirit Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale

From video of baby in the arms of his mother after she gave birth on a Spirit Airlines flight

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

According to a Spirit Airlines press release, Phoenix resident Cristina Penton was onboard the flight from Ft.

"Within 10-15 minutes of takeoff, I felt something wasn't fine...contractions came every five minutes and they started coming pretty regularly", said Penton. An unidentified pediatrician and a nurse aboard the plane helped deliver the baby.

- Spirit Airlines reports a baby was born on the aircraft mid-flight.

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With her daughter Lulu lovingly holding her hand, it took just ten minutes and a few pushes for Christoph to be born. She commented on Facebook that the new mom looked like she wasn't feeling well from the moment the plane moved away from the tarmac.

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"Soon after that it was clear I was having my baby, and I was in pure panic", Penton said.

Penton, who was flying with her two children, informed a flight attendant, who found a pediatrician and a nurse on board. Because he is too young for vaccinations, and to protect him from germs, the family will drive home to Phoenix instead of taking the free flight offered by the airline. The baby weighed seven pounds and 19.5 inches tall.

Penton brought her baby, Christoph Lezcano, to the media event. "In this case we were fortunate to also have a paediatrician on board".

Once the plane landed, the woman and baby Christoph were taken a local hospital. "They helped make what could have been a awful situation as good as it could possibly be".

"He told me you're pushing it, you're doing it last-minute and may be you shouldn't but then again, stubborn, so I figured, no, no, we can handle this", said Penton.

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